NCAA football betting handicappers have the choice of defending ACC champion Virginia Tech or defending SEC west division champion Alabama on the NCAA odds board. The number 7 Virginia Tech Hokies return a whopping 16 starters for this upcoming NCAA football betting season.
Many observers believed that the Hokies were one year EARLY in winning the ACC title last year. The Hokies also finished well against the NCAA odds as they got the cash in 4 out of their final 6 games including the ACC title game and the Orange Bowl. Junior quarterback Tyrod Taylor leads the Hokies NCAA football betting attack.
Taylor threw for 1036 yards and ran for 884 more with 7 touchdowns as a multi-purpose threat. Sophomore running back Darren Evans also returns after a stellar 2008 NCAA football betting season in which he ran for 1310 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The true NCAA football betting strength of the Hokies is their defense, which was a top 10 unit last year. Senior cornerback Stephan Virgil returns after racking up 6 interceptions last year. Last year the Hokies famed special teams faired poorly and should improve for 2009.
All in all Virginia Tech will be a better team this year defending their ACC title. The Alabama Crimson Tide were the top ranked team for much of the 2008 NCAA football betting season before they lost the SEC title game to eventual national champion Florida.
The Tide finished 12-2 straight up and 9-5 against the spread and with an embarrassing Sugar Bowl loss to Utah. The Tide returns 9 starters to their suffocating defensive unit that finished 3rd in the nation last year.
Offense is a point of NCAA football betting concern, however, as the Tide will have 7 new starters including junior quarterback Greg McElroy. Head coach Nick Saban has the Tide back as a powerhouse national title contender after just 2 NCAA football betting seasons on the job.
Alabama was a 6.5-point chalk for this one and it bears noting that Virginia Tech has covered 10 out of their last 13 games as a dog.
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