Georgia State Panthers
(6-4, 0-0 ATS)
Alabama Crimson Tide
(8-2, 6-4 ATS)
The Alabama Crimson Tide are probably far more worried about what’s going to happen a week from Saturday than they are about this coming Thursday night’s NCAA football betting affair, as this should be nothing more than a romp over the Georgia State Panthers, playing their first ever game against an FBS opponent.
A first year school, Georgia State did a great job of hiring Bill Curry, a former coach of the Crimson Tide. Curry has immediately brought some recognition to the program and is putting the Panthers on the path towards success in a hurry. No, it isn’t very likely for any team to come into Bryant Denny Stadium and pick up a victory, let alone for an FCS independent team just trying to get its footing. However, Curry knows that even five minutes of hanging around with Alabama would be impressive, and the man tabbed with the job of keeping his team in the game is freshman QB Drew Little. Little has been the man responsible for putting together a winning season for the Panthers, who are 6-4 at the FCS level. He has thrown for 2,033 yards and 18 scores in ten games.
We know that the Tide are going to be looking forward to getting a lot of newcomers some experience in a nationally televised game with little on the line. Obviously, a loss would go down as one of the most shocking results in the history of sports, but in all likelihood, we’ll see men like RB Mark Ingram, QB Greg McElroy, WR Julio Jones, and a host of others doing nothing but wearing baseball caps by the start of the fourth quarter. What Alabama really has to play for here is a spot in the BCS. Even beating Georgia State 100-0 wouldn’t really do anything to impress the pollsters, but anything less than a very thorough beating could sway the human polls and help take the Tide outside of the Top 14 to stay eligible to qualify for a spot in a big game. RB Trent Richardson was sidelined last week, and though many think that he could be ready to go on Thursday night, don’t expect to see HC Nick Saban use him for anything more than a few plays just to get his feet wet before next week’s Iron Bowl against the No. 2 team in the country, the Auburn Tigers.
We know that Alabama is clearly the superior team here, and though we have to lay eight TDs to get there, we have the feeling that Georgia State is going to come out shell shocked and just have no idea what to do with itself. Don’t be surprised if the Tide are up 49-0 at halftime and just coast to a comfortable final score that looks something like 73-7. The Tide have made examples of teams like the Duke Blue Devils and San Jose State Spartans that have attempted to play with them. This should be no exception on Thursday night.
College Football Free Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide -55.5
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