Teams whose odds could improve 

March, 11, 2014
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Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson TideKevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesNick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide have good value right now at 6-1 to win the national title.
When’s the last time you could actually get value on Alabama as a national title contender? Been a while, right?

Creeping uncertainty after the Sugar Bowl and at the quarterback position makes the Tide, currently 6-1 to win the 2014 national title according to Bovada, a decent bet. Now, 6-1 isn’t exactly going to set you up for life, but for Alabama it isn’t too shabby.

Better act fast, though. That number could drop by August if, say, Jacob Coker comes in during preseason camp and wows. Would you be even a little surprised if that 6-1 shrank to 3-1 by sometime in October?

With Alabama leading the way, here is a look at teams that could see their title odds improve by the fall.

Among the favorites ...



Alabama Crimson Tide (Bovada odds: 6-1)

AJ McCarron’s departure, coupled with the flatlining loss to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, has created doubt about the Tide for the first time since 2011.

How did Alabama respond to that, to a three-loss season? Oh, just with consecutive BCS titles. What now after a two-game losing streak to close 2013?