If you feel like putting down money on football games four months out, today is your day.
5Dimes.com released its opening lines for several season-opening matchups — including Alabama-USC — on Friday (per Brett McMurphy).
Alabama opens as a 13-point favorite over USC, a large figure given that the game will be played at a neutral site: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The Trojans finished 8-6 last season with a loss to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl.
“We like it because they are a quality opponent,” Saban said Thursday of the marquee matchup. “They do have a lot of good players. They’re well-coached, and it gives our players something to really work hard (for) in the offseason and fall camp, to get ready for a big first game.”
The big spread is not too much of a surprise: Alabama is 9-0 in season openers since Saban arrived in 2007, and the Crimson Tide will return several stars from last year’s national championship team.