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:
That's a lovely spelling of Mississippi as well.