Aug 1, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; The Alabama Crimson Tide rehab room at the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama is a heavy favorite to repeat

In what should come as a surprise to no one, the Alabama Crimson Tide are a heavy favorite to win the national championship this season.

The Tide have won three of the last four BCS title games, including the last two.

John Taylor of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk points out the Tide were a 5/1 favorite to win the title back in January, a 3/1 favorite in May and those odds have boosted up to 5/2.

Since taking over as Alabama head coach in 2007, Nick Saban has led the Tide to a record of 68-13, including a 39-9 record in the SEC (and in year one, the Tide went 7-6 overall and 4-4 in the SEC). The Tide defeated the Texas Longhorns in the 2010 BCS title game, the LSU Tigers in the 2012 BCS title game and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish back in January.

According to Bovada, the Ohio State Buckeyes have moved from a 13/2 favorite to a 6/1 favorite. Oregon is the third biggest favorite with 9/1 odds to win it all.

The following 15 teams have the best odds at the title:

Alabama 5/2
Ohio State 6/1
Oregon 9/1
Georgia 14/1
Louisville 14/1
Texas A&M 14/1
Stanford 18/1
LSU 18/1
Clemson 20/1
Texas 20/1
South Carolina 22/1
Florida State 22/1
Florida 25/1
Miami 33/1
Michigan 33/1

Saban and the Tide open their season Saturday against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game. Kickoff from the Georgia dome is scheduled for 5:30 pm EST and the game is on ESPN.

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