Early bettors take 'Bama over Texas in title game

Associated Press - December 7, 2009 5:44 PM ET

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Sports books in Las Vegas say early bettors on the BCS national championship game are siding with No. 1 Alabama.

Senior Odds Manager Mike Seba of Las Vegas Sports Consultants said Monday that oddsmakers expect gamblers to think highly of the 4-point favorite Crimson Tide after they cruised in the Southeastern Conference championship game against defending national champion Florida.

Alabama (13-0) faces No. 2 Texas in the title game Jan. 7.

Jay Rood, race and sports book director for MGM Mirage, says Alabama supporters have pushed the Crimson Tide to a 5.5-point favorite after his casinos opened by spotting Texas 4.5 points.

Texas (13-0) beat Nebraska 13-12 in the Big 12 championship.

Seba says Texas seems to have trouble against teams with good defenses.

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