ARLINGTON, TX--(Marketwire - Aug 31, 2012) - If you ask any sports fan what the most wonderful time of the year is the answer typically is not Christmas but rather the start of the College Football Season. Sports fans are advised by famed sports handicapper, Mike Cooper of Cooper's Pick who is most notably known for his perfect March Madness Bracket earlier this year, to pay close attention to the first week of the season as it often sets a precedent for the rest of the season.
Alabama is coming in as the Number 2 ranked team vs. the Michigan Wolverines, who are currently ranked 8th. The current point spread is Alabama Crimson Tide -14 with the total (over/under) at 46.5 according to the Sportsbook at the Wynn in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This Saturday, September 1st 2012 at 8:00 PM eastern time the most anticipated game in week 1 of the NCAA Football season is here and the top handicappers from around the country are giving out their top notch picks and previews for the biggest game of the young season.
Last season Alabama had an ATS record of 8-4 with an O/U record of 6-6, while Michigan was 8-4 against the spread and had an O/U record of 5-7.
What makes this game special according to the Sports Syndicate desk is that it will be held at the Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington, Texas. Denard Robinson, the Quarterback for the Wolverines, will be strongly dependent upon his defense this season. Last year the Wolverines were the 2nd best team in the Big 10 and they return 7 starters from last season. Linebacker Kenny Demens led the team last year in tackles and fellow seniors, Will Campbell and Craig Roh are expected to lead the defense in this week's matchup.
The Crimson Tide's Junior Quarterback, AJ McCarron has added a lot of zip to his passes, but will be watched closely as he underwent surgery on his shoulder after the 2011-2012 season. Wide Receiver Kenny Bell is Alabama's most explosive receiver and is expected to be a big impact player in the game, as well.
Popular handicappers have been examining the trends for this game ever since the lines came out. The latest Michigan Wolverines - Alabama Crimson Tide Pick and preview looks at non-conference matchups and breakdowns. Michigan is 9-2-1 Against the Spread in their last 12 games while Alabama is 8-1 in their last 9 non-conference games so something has to give when these two meet.
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