Alabama’s National Title Odds Drop After Loss to Texas

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images. Pictured: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on as Jalen Milroe #4.

The Alabama Crimson Tide rarely lose in the regular season and almost never lose at home. But on Saturday night, they were overmatched against the Texas Longhorns in a 34-24 home loss. The loss was Alabama's first at home since November 2019. It also made a huge dent in Alabama's odds to win the national championship.

Entering Saturday's game, No. 3-ranked Alabama (+650) was tied with Michigan for the second-shortest odds at Caesars. After the loss? The Crimson Tide have fallen to +1400, tied with USC for fifth on the oddsboard.

The other side of that coin is the rise of the Longhorns. They were listed at +1200 at Caesars entering the Week 2 matchup with Alabama and are now +800 to win the championship.

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While the loss may have been shocking to many college football fans (particularly those in Tuscaloosa), the signs that Texas could be competitive were there. Alabama got 61% of the bets in this game, according to Action Network's betting tools, but Texas received 59% of the money wagered on the spread. According to data from Bet Labs, Alaama was just 3-4 outright when favored by a touchdown or less at home prior to tonight's loss.

Alabama will look to get back on track in the national championship picture with a matchup against unranked USF next week, but also faces No. 20 Ole Miss (Sept. 23), No. 23 Texas A&M (Oct. 7), No. 8 Tennessee (Oct. 21) and No. 14 LSU (Nov. 4) this season.

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