College football gambling handicappers were enthralled again with the Tide as they dominated Penn State last week in a 24-3 college football betting payout as 14.5-point chalks.
Alabama reminded everyone why they are the top ranked team in the country and will hit the road this week for the first time in 2010 as they take on the Duke Blue Devils. Kickoff is at 3:35 PM Eastern Time and Sports-Gambling opened with Alabama as a 23–point favorite. The game can be seen on ABC TV.
The Tide is 2-0 both straight up and against the spread and is the top ranked defense in college football for points allowed. Heisman Trophy winning running back Mark Ingram has missed the first two games of the season but sophomore Trent Richardson stepped up in his absence with 190 total yards while the defense forced 4 turnovers.
“It’s a great win, enjoy it for 24 hours, but there are a lot of things that we need to improve on,” said Alabama coach Nick Saban. The Tide improved to 17-4 with the college football odds when following a straight up win.
The Duke Blue Devils are coming off a tough 54-48 shootout loss at Wake Forest as 5.5-point road dogs with the college football lines as they were outgained 500-487 in total yards in a game that more resembled something that their basketball program would take pride in.
Duke quarterback Sean Renfree was 28-44 for 358 yards and 4 touchdowns. Duke beat 1-AA Elon 41-27 in their opener and now ranks 105th in the country for total defense while ranking 9th for total offense.
The Blue Devils are gunning for their first bowl berth since 1994 and coach David Cutcliffe is determined to build a contender within 3 years. Progress has been noticeable.
These two teams last met in 2006 when Alabama scored a 30-14 win over Duke but failed to cover the college football gambling board as a 27.5-point favorite. The Tide has covered their last 2 games against Atlantic Coast Conference competition while Duke has gotten the money in 3 out of their last 4 games against Southeastern Conference teams.
Alabama has gotten the money in 8 out of their last 10 road games. Duke paid out just once in their last 7 home games.