College Football Picks: Alabama vs. Virginia Tech Week 1 Prediction

Friday, June 21, 2013 1:53 PM UTC

Friday, Jun. 21, 2013 1:53 PM UTC

The Alabama Crimson Tide have won 11 consecutive season openers, as they prepare to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies. 
<p style="text-align:center"><span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><br />Let’s take a closer look at the <a href="/betting-odds/college-football/" title="Live College Football Odds" target="_blank">college football odds</a> for this Week 1 matchup at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, Aug. 31, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>Three national titles in four years</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Alabama is undeniably the king of college football right now, as they have captured their third national title in four years with a resounding 42-14 win over Notre Dame as 10-point favorites in the 2013 BCS Championship Game.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>The Crimson Tide were 13-1 straight up (SU) and 7-7 against the spread (ATS) during the 2013 campaign, with their only loss coming against the <a href="/college-football/free-picks/college-football-picks-texas-a-m-future-betting-odds-a-31217/" title="ATM Aggies" target="_blank">Texas A&amp;M Aggies</a>.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="/picks-pictures/LoganThomas200-picks.jpg" style="font-size:1em" /><b>Disappointment</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Virginia Tech isn’t used to going 7-6 SU and 4-9 ATS during the Frank Beamer era, but they didn’t play very well away from Blacksburg (dropping five of six road games).</p> <p>The Hokies are definitely a contender to win the Atlantic Coast Conference, as they welcome back 15 starters, including nine on the defensive side of the football.</p> <p><b>Opening up on a winning note</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>College football handicappers will definitely take a long look at the Crimson Tide as double-digit favorites in the betting odds, considering they’ve won 11 straight season openers, including a 34-24 victory over the Hokies as six-point favorites in 2009.</p> <p>It’s important to note that Alabama will open up its Southeastern Conference schedule in its next contest, but it will have two weeks to prepare for Texas A&amp;M.</p> <p><b>Thomas is the key</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas was expected to be an <a href="/nfl-football/free-picks/nfl-betting-nfl-draft-early-rounds-recap-a-31008/" title="Draft Recap" target="_blank">NFL draft pick</a> heading into the 2012 college football season, but he failed to live up to those expectations, as he threw 18 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.</p> <p>The Crimson Tide have made a living in disrupting opposing signal-callers, which is why Thomas will need to complete more than 51.3 percent of his passes—allowing some room for the running game to emerge.</p> <p><b>Prediction</b></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers back the Hokies as one of their early Week 1 <a href="/college-football/" title="College Football Picks" target="_blank">college football picks</a>, as their defensive line is talented enough to challenge the Crimson Tide running game.</p> <p><strong>College Football Week 1 Picks:</strong> <a href=";book=bet365inarticle" title="BET 365" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Virginia Tech Hokies +18.5 at Bet 365</a></p>
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