Alabama laying single digits for first time in 2016

Top-ranked Alabama faces its stiffest challenge to date when the Crimson Tide visit Death Valley on Saturday night. Here are opening lines and analysis for the biggest Week 10 games.

 

Despite a tough schedule, Week 10 marks the first time all season Alabama has been favored by single digits.

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The top-ranked Crimson Tide opened as 7.5-point favorites for their Saturday night showdown with No. 14 LSU in Baton Rouge, La. Early LSU money pushed the number down to 7.

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Here's a first look at the big Week 10 games:

ALABAMA AT LSU (+7), Sat., 8 p.m. ET

Both teams are coming off byes. 

LSU is 3-0 under interim coach Ed Orgeron, who hopes to have more success against the Tide than Les Miles. Alabama has won and covered the past five meetings.

"There's been a lot of LSU hype going into this week, but we don't set odds based on hype," BookMaker.eu spokesman Scott Cooley told SportsLine. "Despite the 'turnaround' LSU has experienced since Orgeron took over, these teams are still on completely different playing fields. We hope the hype attracts underdog money, but I don't expect to see the square bettors jump off the Tide money train."

Each team enters on a 3-0 ATS run.

NEBRASKA AT OHIO STATE (-13.5), Sat., 8 p.m. ET

The sixth-ranked Buckeyes come in off two subpar performances, while the ninth-ranked Cornhuskers proved they're legitimate by taking Wisconsin to overtime at Camp Randall.

BookMaker.eu opened this game at Ohio State -13.5 and it hasn't moved yet.

"We're kind of scratching our heads as to what to do with Ohio State right now," Cooley said. "The offense has looked suspect the last couple of weeks, but you think Urban Meyer will get things straightened out at some point. Nebraska didn't look terrible against a quality opponent last week and I suspect dog money will drive this number down."

Buckeyes QB J.T. Barrett explained why the team had only one completion of 20-plus yards in Saturday's 24-20 win over Northwestern.

"I know we're not hitting the shots that we normally do in the pass, but I understand they're not giving it to us. They're 12-15 yards off (the line of scrimmage)," he told the Columbus Dispatch.

"We have to take the intermediate or short routes," he added. "That's what we're trying to do, and I'm comfortable with that."
 
WASHINGTON AT CALIFORNIA (+15.5), Sat., 10:30 p.m. ET


No. 4 Washington improved to 8-0 thanks to Dante Pettis' 58-yard punt return for a TD with 3:25 left at Utah. It was the Huskies' second straight non-cover.

They opened as 15.5-point road favorites at Cal.

The 4-4 Golden Bears remain undefeated at home, where they've put up 50-plus points in two of three games. However, their defense is non-existent.

"The Huskies didn't blow the doors off Utah, but that was a very impressive win as we finally saw them tested and they were resilient," Cooley said. "I'm not sure how Cal is going to stop Washington's ground game here. This spread should head north quickly."