Alabama Opens -11 at Auburn in Iron Bowl

The opening lines for college football are out for Thanksgiving Day weekend. These numbers are for the final week of this year’s regular season for many teams.

This weekend Alabama visits Auburn in the Iron Bowl and the Crimson Tide has started as an 11-point favorite. The game at Auburn will have national championship implications, with the winner headed to the SEC championship game.

The 11-point spread was also joined by spreads as low as 10.5 and as high as 11.5. Check on topbet, betonline, sportsbook.com and Bovada for all the updated prices and point totals.

The 10.5 to 11 spread is much less than just a week ago when sites had the spread up to 15.5 points.

The West crown of the SEC will be won by the winner of Saturday’s game. That winner will face off against either South Carolina or Missouri in the SEC championship.

Behind Alabama is Florida State in the latest BCS standings. The Seminoles visit Florida this week, which should be an easy winner for Florida State.

Last Saturday Willie Meggs a State Attorney in Florida said a decision about whether Jameis Winston, the quarterback from Florida State will be charged or not in an alleged sexual assault is unlikely to take place prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

At first, said one bookmaker, the problem for the Florida State – Florida game was a quarterback, but not Winston it was Tyler Murphy the Gators quarterback who is unlikely to be able to play.

Most odds makers have Florida State at -22½ if Winston plays. For FSU, bookmakers believe Winston changes the spread by six points or more.

Third in the latest BCS standings is Ohio State and if they win their two final games at Michigan this Saturday and then versus Michigan State in the championship of the Big 10, they should be in the national title game should Florida State or Bama falter.

At this time, Ohio State is -12.5 playing this weekend at Michigan.

So many things could still happen as Alabama not only needs to win this weekend’s game but then its SEC championship before entering the BCS Championship game.

What is sure to happen however, is the amount of bettors that will be looking at the Alabama/Auburn game this weekend. The game will showcase one of the best defenses in the NCAA against Auburn’s potent offense of both running and passing.

Here are some opening spreads for notable games this week. Note: Second team is home team.

Thursday

  • Texas Tech vs Texas -4.5

Friday

  • Iowa vs Nebraska -3
  • Miami vs Pitt EVEN

 

Saturday

  • Ohio State -12.5 vs Michigan
  • UCLA vs USC -3.5
  • Arizona vs Arizona St. -12
  • Notre Dame vs Stanford -13.5
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