Alabama vs. Michigan Odds, Betting Pick, Prediction: Will Crimson Tide Be Motivated for 2020 Citrus Bowl?
Wesley Hitt, Getty Images. Pictured: Nick Saban
- Alabama is a 7.5-point betting favorite over Michigan in the latest Citrus Bowl odds, with the total rising to 60.5 behind a flood of money on Wednesday morning.
- The Crimson Tide missed the College Football Playoff for the first time since the format began in 2014, but only lost two games by a combined eight points.
- Michigan didn't get its much-desired resurgence under Jim Harbaugh, going 9-3 with losses to Penn State, Ohio State and Wisconsin.
- See our experts' picks for Alabama vs. Michigan in the 2020 Citrus Bowl below.
Alabama vs. Michigan Odds
- Odds: Alabama -7
- Over/Under: 58
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- TV: ABC
- Location: Orlando, Fla.
Collin Wilson: Will Alabama Be Motivated?
Normally, a handicapper can rely on the data and information to make an investment. In the case of the 2020 Citrus Bowl, the most important part of the handicap can’t be quantified.
How motivated will Alabama be for this game?
This is the first time since the advent of the College Football Playoff that Nick Saban will not coach Alabama in the national semifinal. Saban has coached Alabama in three bowls without national championship implications, going 1-2.
Alabama will also have to make due without a few key players in their secondary. That’s not a recipe for success against Michigan’s offense, which features two dynamic wideouts in Nico Collins and Ronnie Bell. Additionally, quarterback Shea Patterson and offensive coordinator Josh Gattis are familiar with Alabama, as the Patterson played at Ole Miss and Gattis coached in Tuscaloosa in 2018.
Alabama quarterback Mac Jones hasn’t played enough to give us an idea of the difference between him and Tua Tagovailoa, but Jones didn’t look great when he was under pressure against Auburn. That spells trouble against a defense that ranks 12th in sack rate.
Our projected spread for this game is Alabama -5, so I am happy to back a motivated Michigan team looking for a season-changing win over an SEC blue blood.