Injury Depleted Alabama Is Still Favored Against Georgia
Typically, losing a key player for a big game will cause the lines at various legal online sportsbooks to shift a bit in favor of the other side. However, Saban’s squad is far from a typical program, so injury depleted Alabama is still favored against Georgia. That’s despite the fact that star linebacker Anfernee Jennings won’t be suiting up for the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs on Monday night (8:00, ESPN). In other words, don’t expect his absence to have much impact on the CFP betting lines at most Internet betting shops.
Jennings, who injured his knee in last week’s Sugar Bowl win against Clemson, led the Crimson Tide to victory over the Tigers with three tackles for loss, and he delivered the big hit that led to Da’Ron Payne’s game-changing interception (and subsequent touchdown). Most teams would be in deep trouble losing a defensive standout in a defensively-oriented game (the Alabama vs. Georgia over/under is only 45 points at Bovada, remember), but Alabama – perhaps more than any other team in the nation – seems to have a deep roster of talented second- and third-string players always ready to step up. In the case of the Jennings injury, potential replacements for the linebacker include James Mosley, Terrel Lewis, and Christian Miller.
Alabama is undeterred. And if the Jennings knee injury doesn’t deter you from betting on the biggest college ballgame of the year, you can sign up for free at various legal online sportsbooks like Bovada, BetOnline, SportsBetting, and 5Dimes. Also, SportsBettingStates.com wants you to keep in mind that, since each site offers slightly different lines on the CFP National Championship, you can actually shop around for the best Alabama bets and Georgia wagers by joining multiple online betting shops. (For example, at Bovada, the Alabama vs. Georgia spread gives the Tide a 5-point edge, while BetOnline has Bama up by only 3.5. On the other hand, 5Dimes offers dozens of alternate spreads with different moneylines attached.) After all, the more flexibility you give yourself before Monday’s CFP title game kicks off, the better your own odds will be to make some money by betting on Alabama Vs. Georgia.