Ed. Note: I am on vacation effective from this morning until Monday — it will be nice to watch football for football’s sake. Sadly, there will be no Giving Away Money this week. But, a few things of note real quick: 1. The mid-major lines are far better plays this week than most of the Power 5 slate; 2. Michigan at -7 is really tasty, and so is Alabama at -29 — more on that later; and 3. I had my first objectively bad outing of the season during last week’s bloodbath, going 6-6 and running the season tally to 55-38-1. I’m sorry I let you down: I’ll do better next week.
Today, we have two features for you degenerates, via our partners at MyBookie. FTR: This is where I hold one of my two accounts. And, being a fan of the service, I had little problem teaming up with them to bring you some fun stuff for Third Saturday.
First, is the special prop bet for Alabama fans, courtesy of Nick Saban’s towering temper. Later today, we’ll have the Third Saturday Preview and Betting Guide.
Please Enjoy, and fUT.
Perhaps Alabama fans are bored with the success, which seems automatic at this point, especially early in the season against weaker opponents.
Alabama’s sustained success under coach Nick Saban is rivaled only by Bobby Bowden’s Florida State Seminoles in the 1990s. But Bowden’s teams only won two national championships. Saban and the Crimson Tide are favored to win their sixth national title since 2009.
Lackluster attendance and enthusiasm, particularly from the student section, for the Sept. 29 game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 29 set off Saban.
“When I first came here, they used to play that Tradition thing (pregame video) up there and everybody was cheering and excited and happy and there was great spirit,” Saban said. “Now, they don’t even cheer. They introduce our players and nobody even cheers.”
Alabama built a 56-0 lead in the game, eventually winning 56-14. The game also kicked off at 11 a.m. CT.
“Look, our players work too hard and they deserve to have everything and people supporting them in every way and have tremendous spirit for what they’ve done,” Saban said.
“There has to be a spirit that makes it special to play here. And if that’s not here, does it continue to be special here or not? That’s the question everybody has to ask and I’m asking it right now.”
One has to imagine the success will continue in Tuscaloosa, where Heisman Trophy favorite QB Tua Tagovailoa has added a new dynamic to a program that was already as successful as any in the history of college football.
Alabama also hosts FCS program The Citadel on Nov. 17. One has to imagine that the student section won’t be particularly excited for that game, which may also kick off at 11 a.m. CT.
MyBookie is offering a prop bet on whether Nick Saban will call out the student body yet again. The opening odds offer “Yes” at +200 and “No” at -300.
This bet is live currently at MyBookie.ag/sportsbook.
Will Nick Saban call out student body again for not attending games during the NCAAF Regular Season?
Yes 2/1 (+200)
No 1/3 (-300)