College Football Picks: Is Now the Best Time to Grab Alabama?

Jeff Grant

Monday, December 8, 2014 8:16 PM GMT

Alabama will outlast Florida State to win the 2015 College Football championship, as Nick Saban will get the best of one of his former pupils at AT&T Stadium.

Familiar Spot
Nick Saban is the only coach to win four BCS national championships, which is important to consider when making your College Football pick, with three of those crystal balls being risen during his time in Tuscaloosa.

The Crimson Tide landed the No. 1 overall seed in the inaugural college football playoff, as they were named Southeastern Conference champions after picking up a convincing 42-13 victory over the Missouri Tigers as 14.5-point favorites.

It’s important to point out that the program has covered the number in nine of its last 12 neutral site contests, while going OVER the total in seven of its last eight bowl games.

 

The Winning Continues
Florida State secured its third straight Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in outlasting Georgia Tech last weekend, which can’t be ignored when looking over the College Football odds, as it has put together a 29-game win streak that dates back to the 2012 campaign.

The Seminoles have also managed to capture their last 18 games away from Doak Campbell Stadium, with 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston being under center for most of those victories, as he’s won all 26 of his starts since arriving on campus.

Sports bettors will find that the team is 8-1 ATS in its last nine bowl games, while the UNDER is on a 5-0 run in that situation.

 

Plenty of Weapons
The Crimson Tide have set numerous single-season school records this season, including quarterback Blake Sims throwing for 3,250 yards under the direction of first-year offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.

Alabama’s offense is extremely balanced with Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon in the backfield, while wide receiver Amari Cooper has caught 115 passes for 1,656 yards.

 

Overcoming Adversity
The Seminoles have had plenty of obstacles to overcome, especially off the field since Winston landed the starting job, but head coach Jimbo Fisher has done a masterful job of allowing his roster to fight off complacency.

Fisher’s play calling is a big reason why Florida State has been able to pick up victories against seven teams that ranked in the nation’s top 40 in total defense at the time of the game, as he prepares to face his former boss in this high-profile matchup.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Crimson Tide over the Seminoles to win the national title, as their offensive balance will prove too much for the Seminoles to overcome.

Saban will develop a game plan to take away Florida State’s strengths, as he watched over Fisher for seven years during their time at LSU.

Free College Football Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide