Alabama is Underdog for First Time to Non-SEC Team in 77 Games

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The Alabama Crimson Tide will come into the College Football Playoffs as an underdog against Michigan.  This will be the first time in 77 games they've been an underdog against a non-SEC team.


The top-seeded Wolverines opened as a -2.5 favorite.  That number dipped to -1.5.  Our own number comes out to 4.9, which suggests a pretty significant underlay.

“We’re going against the best,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Sunday. “Tradition. Two true blue bloods of football, facing Alabama.”

The CFP committee announced the lineup for the final four-team playoff Sunday, and the unbeaten Wolverines (13-0) — who got to choose their semifinal destination as the No. 1 seed — booked another bowl appearance in the Southern California sun against the Crimson Tide (12-1).

“We’re excited to face them,” Harbaugh said. “It’s iconic. It’s Alabama. It’s Roll Tide. It’s doesn’t get any better, to be playing in the Rose Bowl. Just going to appreciate the tradition of the Rose Bowl, playing a great team like Alabama. It always has meaning.”

Texas is the other playoff team facing off against undefeated Washington.  The Longhorns, who were not a guarantee to get in, opened as a -5 point favorite with the number dropping to -4.5.

- Mary Montgomery,

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