Alabama vs. Georgia Betting Odds: Nick Saban Tests Positive for COVID-19
Kent Gidley/Collegiate Images/Getty Images. Pictured: Nick Saban.
- Betting odds for Saturday's Alabama vs. Georgia college football game (8 p.m. ET, CBS) have the Tide listed as 4-point favorites.
- That spread came down from -6 or -6.5 Wednesday, after head coach Nick Saban tested positive for COVID-19.
- Check out the full details on how books reacted below.
Georgia at Alabama Odds
|Georgia Odds||+4.5 [BET NOW]|
|Alabama Odds||-4.5 [BET NOW]|
|Moneyline||+155/-186 [BET NOW]|
|Over/Under||56 [BET NOW]|
|Time||Saturday, 8 p.m. ET|
If you’ve ever caught yourself wondering how much the best head coach in college football is worth to the spread, you basically got your answer Wednesday.
About 2.5 points.
Just before 6 p.m. ET, the University of Alabama announced that Nick Saban had tested positive for COVID-19. At the time, the Crimson Tide were 6- to 6.5-point favorites over Georgia in arguably the biggest regular season matchup on the 2020 college football schedule.
It didn’t take much time for the betting market to take notice, as Bama was down to just -4 within about 10 minutes. Some books even went as far as -3.5, though it doesn’t appear that any ever reached the key field-goal margin of -3.
“It was just a line adjustment based on Saban likely not being able to coach,” DraftKings’ head of sportsbook Johnny Avello said. “No significant action one way or the other there.”
And for those curious, Saban, while boasting a spectacular track record on the field, hasn’t presented quite as impressive of a record against-the-spread (ATS) — at least not in recent years.
While he’s 97-84 (53.6%) ATS during his time as Alabama’s head coach, the market seems to be catching up to his greatness. He’s just 22-23 (48.9%) over the past 3+ years.