The Trojans were 8-6 straight up last season and 6-8 against the spread. They’ve got 16 starters returning, including 10 on offense, but they’ll have to make a key replacement at quarterback. Cody Kessler, who finished his career with 10,339 passing yards, 88 touchdowns and 19 interceptions has graduated.
The Crimson Tide went 14-1 last season (8-7 ATS). They bring back 11 starters, including six on offense. Most importantly, the Crimson Tide have head coach Nick Saban. During his tenure, the Crimson Tide are an incredible 95-11 over the last eight seasons. There are a lot of holes to fill this year – even on defense – but Saban will have the next group ready to defend the crown.
Alabama is 5-2 against USC, who lost the last meeting 3-24 in the 1985 Aloha Bowl. The Crimson Tide are 12-point favourites for Saturday’s neutral-site game.
NCAAF Odds: Alabama Opens Up Title Defense Against USC
College football has a couple of must-see games happening this weekend and the best of the bunch features the defending national champions. The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide take on the No. 20 USC Trojans in Dallas on Saturday at 8 PM ET.
The Crimson Tide have a few starters to replace on their roster, including starting quarterback. Cooper Bateman will likely play against the Trojans, but he’s not the set starter. The Tide have won five of seven against the Trojans and are 12-point favourites to claim another win at this neutral-site game.