Alabama could be a major favorite the rest of the season.
Speaking on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Sunday morning, Paul Finebaum relayed knowledge from USA Today sports handicapper Danny Sheridan that the Crimson Tide are expected to be a double-digit favorite in each of their remaining contests through the SEC Championship Game.
Yes, supposed tests against LSU, Auburn and possibly Florida aren’t expected to be close.
“Bama is clearly No. 1,” Finebaum said on the show. “They are just so far ahead of everyone. I spoke with Danny Sheridan last night, and he says they’ll be a double-digit favorite the rest of the way. Ten [point favorites] this weekend against LSU. They’ll be an 18-point favorite at home against Auburn and about an 18-point favorite in the SEC Championship Game against Florida, if that’s the way it works.”
That seems a little surprising, especially the part about the looming Iron Bowl matchup Nov. 26. Auburn has won five consecutive games, and if the Tigers remain hot in the coming weeks, it wouldn’t be shocking to see them make the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium interesting.
Meanwhile, LSU has been resurgent under interim coach Ed Orgeron, winning three straight games. The Tigers host Alabama next Saturday. And Florida’s defense is stout. The Gators could provide a test for Alabama if the teams meet at the Georgia Dome.
Alabama has been so impressive this season. Still, the Crimson Tide have shown they’re capable of experiencing a close victory, as evidenced by a 48-43 win against Ole Miss on Sept. 17.
Soon, we’ll learn how the rest of their schedule will unfold.
Alabama will be a prohibitive favorite rest of way, @DannySheridan1 tells me: LSU -10, Auburn-17 & Florida -18 (SEC title).
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 30, 2016