Opening Odds: Alabama opens as a 24 point favorite over Mississippi State

Jamie Squire

I don't think many people expected the opening odds to be quite this big in Alabama's favor.

Alabama has opened as a 24 point favorite over Mississippi State for Saturday's big SEC West matchup in Tuscaloosa, according to BetOnline.com. The Bulldogs, who have started 7-0 for the first time since 1999, have received a great deal of criticism with regards to the schedule they've played so far, which could prompt some of that differential in the opening lines.

But I doubt anyone expected the line to be this big. I was telling a friend last night I expected 14, maybe even 17 with the way State has performed at Alabama in recent years, but 24 seems excessive. I would expect betters to push that number closer to 20, maybe even under 20 before the week is up.

Photo evidence of the line, via Braden Bishop:

675674281_medium

That's a lovely spelling of Mississippi as well.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join For Whom the Cowbell Tolls

You must be a member of For Whom the Cowbell Tolls to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at For Whom the Cowbell Tolls. You should read them.

Join For Whom the Cowbell Tolls

You must be a member of For Whom the Cowbell Tolls to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at For Whom the Cowbell Tolls. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker