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Tips For Betting On Florida Atlantic Alabama – Alabama Moves Forward In National Title Pursuit

Posted by Blake Frazier on 9/17/2012 6:40:48 PM

The Alabama Crimson Tide have that look about them. The most consistent and relentless college football team in the United States is playing like a national champion at the moment.

Florida Atlantic Owls @ Alabama Crimson Tide – Saturday, September 22    
Online sports betting line: Alabama -50

Why Florida Atlantic Will Win

No college football betting expert would treat Florida Atlantic as a favorite in this game, but the Owls did make the Georgia Bulldogs work last week. FAU remained within a touchdown of Georgia through the first 28 minutes of competition… at Georgia. The Owls figured to get crushed by Georgia, and while the Bulldogs did pull away in the second half, the contest was far more competitive than a lot of people were ready to expect. This is a pesky team that can make an opponent uncomfortable.

New offensive coordinator Brian Wright uses a version of the spread that emphasizes the run. Alabama won't always see this offense in the coming season, and that's why Florida Atlantic might be able to snap off a few big gains. Xavier Stinson and Damian Fortner are capable running backs who can make plays in the open field; they won't overpower Alabama, but they can do damage if they get outside the corners on wide-swinging runs. DeAndre Richardson is the team’s top returning receiver, intent to build on what he has done in prior seasons at Florida Atlantic. Three starters return on FAU’s offensive line, which is better than most in the college football world.

Ten starters return on a defense that forced four turnovers against Georgia. If Florida Atlantic can take the ball away from one SEC offense in a road game, it can certainly do the same against Alabama. Four turnovers are exactly what can enable the Owls to remain in this fight come the fourth quarter. The percentages don't favor FAU, but four turnovers can always change the equation in football, especially if those turnovers are converted into touchdowns.

Why Alabama Will Win

The best betting strategy in any Alabama game this season – except, perhaps, for the one at LSU in early November – is to bet on the Crimson Tide. Coach Nick Saban's team is mashing foes left and right, using pure physicality on both sides of the ball to win the line of scrimmage and control the point of attack. When you dominate at the line of scrimmage, you almost always win. Alabama is positioned to pulverize Florida Atlantic on the front lines, using its size and its heft to great effect. The Crimson Tide aren't turning the ball over, either. They were spotless this past Saturday against Arkansas, while the Razorbacks coughed up the pigskin five separate times. As long as Alabama continues to win the turnover battle so decisively, it's really hard to see how this team is going to come close to losing (let alone lose in actuality).

Who Will Win

It’s just not a contest. Alabama is a behemoth in the college football world right now, and Florida Atlantic will not be able to stand in its way. Florida Atlantic will cover, however.

College Football Betting Pick: Florida Atlantic

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