October 23, 2021

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Alabama, Auburn, Georgia betting odds released for marquee games: Tide ‘is our top team, again’

While most of college football is looking down the road at a potential 12-team College Football Playoff format, SportsBetting.ag has set the betting line on some marquee non-conference games for the upcoming season which will certainly impact the CFP.

SportsBetting.ag has set lines for 46 massive matchups during the 2021 college football season, including Georgia-Clemson in Week 1. Dabo Swinney’s Tigers are listed as a 3.5-point favorite.

“The Georgia-Clemson game was one of the most difficult to set a line for,” Sportsbook Manager Adam Burns told AL.com on Wednesday. “Both teams presumably have their quarterbacks, but there are a lot of question marks throughout each squad. A true litmus test for the teams, as well as us in the odds world, so it’s exciting that we get this matchup right out of the gate.”

Among the teams Burns is confident about, however, is Alabama. The Crimson Tide, a 17.5-point favorite in its opener against Miami, will once again like be favored in every game it plays.

“Alabama is our top team, again, in terms of power ratings, and the spreads reflect that expected dominance,” Burns said. “At this point, there’s not a game on the calendar where the Tide won’t be double-digit favorites.”

(For Iron Bowl betting line, see below)

Week 3 provides what Burns calls an “intriguing” matchup between Auburn and first-year coach Bryan Harsin and Penn State, which is a 7-point favorite.

“The Auburn-Penn State game is quite intriguing as it not only provides a measuring stick for these teams, but also the conferences because Penn State is fairly high in our Big Ten pecking order,” Burns added. “Honestly, with nothing but cakewalk matchups before and after this game, I think a hyper-focused Auburn squad can keep this one close, if not win outright. Would be a massive statement win for Harsin out of the gate.”

Here are just some of the latest lines:

Week 1

  • Boise State at UCF (-5)
  • Alabama vs. Miami (+17.5)
  • Georgia vs. Clemson (-3.5)
  • LSU at UCLA (+5)
  • Penn State at Wisconsin (-4)
  • Notre Dame at Florida State (+9.5)

Week 2

  • Oregon at Ohio State (-10)
  • Iowa at Iowa State (-5.5)
  • Texas at Arkansas (+3.5)
  • Washington at Michigan (-1.5)

Week 3

  • Auburn at Penn State (-7)
  • Alabama at Florida (+14.5)
  • Nebraska at Oklahoma (-18.5)
  • Oklahoma State at Boise State (+7)

Week 4

  • Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin (-1)
  • Tennessee at Florida (-15.5)

Week 5

  • Cincinnati at Notre Dame (-3.5)
  • Michigan at Wisconsin (-9)
  • Auburn at LSU (-6.5)

Week 6

  • Alabama at Texas A&M (+10.5)
  • Oklahoma vs. Texas (+10.5)
  • Georgia at Auburn (+9)
  • Boise State at BYU (+2)

Week 7

  • Florida at LSU (-1.5)
  • Miami at North Carolina (-2.5)
  • Oklahoma State at Texas (-2)

Week 8

  • USC at Notre Dame (-3)
  • Ohio State at Indiana (+11)
  • Oregon at UCLA (+6)
  • Northwestern at Michigan (-9.5)

Week 9

  • Georgia vs. Florida (+7)
  • North Carolina at Notre Dame (-3)
  • Penn State at Ohio State (-10.5)
  • Florida State at Clemson (-24)

Week 10

  • LSU at Alabama (-21)
  • Texas at Iowa State (-8.5)
  • Oregon at Washington (+3)

Week 11

  • Michigan at Penn State (-8)
  • Miami at Florida State (+8.5)

Week 12

  • Iowa State at Oklahoma (-7.5)
  • UCLA at USC (-7)

Week 13

  • Alabama at Auburn (+16)
  • Florida State at Florida (-14)
  • Texas A&M at LSU (+4)
  • Ohio State at Michigan (+11.5)
  • Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (+10.5)

Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.