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There are Already Odds on Alabama Winning 3 Straight National Championships

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Nick Saban has won five National Championships since taking over as head coach at Alabama in 2007. Photo by Carol M Highsmith [Public Domain]
  • Defending national champion Alabama is favored to win the national title again this year
  • BetOnline has already posted a prop bet on the odds of the Crimson Tide winning three national championships in a row
  • Alabama has won five national titles since 2009

Is it one down and two to go for the Alabama Crimson Tide?

BetOnline certainly seems to think so. The 2018 College Football Playoff hasn’t even started yet and already, the online sports betting site is offering odds on an Alabama three-peat.

Odds Alabama Wins 3 Straight National Championships

Will Alabama Win Three Straight National Championships? Odds at BetOnline
Yes +400
No -500

Alabama has played in the last three College Football Playoff championship games, winning two of them – not in consecutive years, though.

Can The Tide Roll To History?

In the playoff era of NCAA Division-I football, Alabama, in 2011-12, is the only school to win back-to-back titles.

Four times in school history, the Crimson Tide has captured successive National Championships, but you have to go all the way back to the 1934-36 Minnesota Golden Gophers to find a school that won three national titles in a row.

Should you give the Tide any shot at doing it, then?

Oh, and there’s this: quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa and his entire receiving corps are back next season.

Alabama Has To Beat Oklahoma Sooner Or Later, Right?

As if they needed any additional motivation for their CFP semifinal against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl, it came Saturday when Sooners QB Kyler Murray won the Heisman over preseason favorite Tagovailoa.

There is one tiny flaw in this game plan: the minor detail that Alabama hasn’t beaten Oklahoma since the first time the two schools met on the football field in the Jan. 1, 1963 Orange Bowl.

The Tide are 0-3-1 against the Sooners since that game, but Alabama is 1-0 against Oklahoma in the  Orange Bowl. And Murray also has a history against the Tide from his days at Texas A&M.

Freshman Murray came on in relief of starter Kyle Allen in that 2015 game, a 41-23 loss to Alabama. Murray transferred to Oklahoma at the end of the season.

Can The Tide Turn Three?

Considering that it hasn’t been done since the heart of the Great Depression, betting on an Alabama three-peat seems foolish. The Tide have suited up great teams in the past decade and they couldn’t get it done.

No is the logical play here.

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A veteran journalist, Bob Duff has written over two-dozen books, including authorized biographies of Johnny Bower, Desmond Howard and Gordie Howe. He has covered the Super Bowl, World Series, World Cup, NBA Finals, March Madness and the Olympic Games.