September 17, 2013 13:31 ET's Betting Take on College Football-Alabama vs Colorado State

Alabama is an early favorite to go all the way this year, but will the flood situation in Colorado push the Rams to play even harder this Saturday, September 21?

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA--(Marketwired - Sept. 17, 2013) - Some oddsmakers don't see an upset Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium when Alabama takes on Colorado State, but with the team trying to do their home state proud, you never know what's going to happen. Will the flooding in Colorado help the Rams play even harder this weekend, resulting in an upset win?

When the Colorado State Rams (1-2) were leaving the field at Hughes Stadium after their 34-17 win over Cal Poly last weekend, many were already asking them about the big road game this Saturday against Alabama (2-0), a matchup that's looking to be a blowout victory for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama is a near-unanimous pick as the top team in the nation in both major polls this week. They also have a history of winning championships - sometimes back to back. Still, the Colorado State Rams will be thinking about the recent flooding in their state - will it affect how they play on Saturday?

"It's about our guys and our organization have the opportunity to go to a place that's a mecca of college football and match yourself against the best," Jim McElwain, Colorado State University's second-year coach, told the Coloradoan. "That's why we get into athletics, and that's why we compete."

Las Vegas oddsmakers were listing Alabama as an early 39-point favorite in its home-opener - not to mention Alabama receiving the most votes in Associated Press media poll and the USA Today Coaches' poll on Sunday. Specifically, Alabama (2-0) had 59 of the 60 first place votes in the AP Poll and 61 of the 62 first place votes in the Coaches Poll.

"It's hard to find good odds for NFL and NCAAF matchup nowadays, so we've come up with live NCAAF odds from various sportsbooks to make it easier for bettors," a spokespersom from sports betting review site said. "Getting as much information as you can from various sources is the best way to get the best odds for betting."

Crimson Tide Roundup

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron is a contender for the Heisman Trophy, and he's not the only one of the Crimson Tide who is looking at getting national recognition for playing well. They're the number one team in the country at the moment. The only other time Colorado has played a number one team was back in 2004 when they lost to Southern California 49-0.

Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood and cornerback Deion Belue are being watched "day-to-day" as to whether they will be playing this Saturday. Sources say they should be considered "questionable" for this weekend's game against Colorado State. It's this that may affect the outcome in unexpected ways.

Crimson Tide coaches selected Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and several others as player of the week. McCarron threw an impressive 334 yards for four touchdowns in Alabama's 49-42 victory at Texas A&M. Brian Vogler, Cyrus Kouandjio, C.J. Mosley, Jeoffrey Pagan, Johnny Manziel, Cade Foster, Cody Mandell and Christion Jones were all also on the coaches' list of top players for Alabama.

"With so many great players and a solid record so far this year, the Alabama Crimson Tide looks like they may go all the way again this year," a spokesman from said. "When you look at the odds and lines, it's easy to see that many other people feel the same way."

A Look at the Colorado Rams

Colorado State coach Jim McElwain told the Denver Post his team isn't scared or intimidated by playing top-ranked Alabama this weekend. The Colorado State Rams (1-2) are coming off their first victory, a 34-17 home win over FCS-level Cal Poly last weekend.

"I told our guys, 'It's not about [Alabama's] mystique or tradition, it's about measuring yourself against the best," McElwain said Monday during a weekly news conference. "I don't think our guys will be intimidated. If anybody is scared, and I'll see that in their eyes this week, I'll leave them home."

Building confidence is smart with a matchup like the one this Saturday in Alabama, home to the current kings of college football. Whether or not the pep talks and training will work or not is uncertain, but most oddsmakers are giving the game to Alabama.

Alabama Over Colorado?

No one knows for certain, but most people in the know have a feeling that Alabama is going to come away with a victory. One thing is certain - this matchup is a case of David vs Goliath. We'll let you figure out who is who!

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