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.