College Football Predictions, Betting Odds & NCAA Picks: Picked #1 in the USA Today college football poll preseason rankings, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide is starting out defending their 2009 national championship as the #1 college football predictions team in the country again and 9-2 odds of winning the national championship game in Glendale. Crimson Tide fans have good reason for optimism when making their 2010 college football predictions. Start with junior running back Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, and senior quarterback Greg McElroy on offense. Ingram is poised for another big NCAA picks season and, McElroy, while not always in the limelight, runs the offense efficiently and effectively. Senior tackle James Carpenter anchors a projected starting offensive line that also includes two sophomores and a freshman. Junior receiver Julio Jones returns after a sophomore season in which he caught over forty balls with four touchdowns. Look for coach Nick Saban to open the offense up more in the 2010 college football predictions season and Jones could see an expanded role. Sophomore running back Trent Richardson is so talented that he could also see an expanded role as he is vying for playing time with Ingram in the backfield.
The defense is another story. After relying on that unit to shut down opponents and win NCAA picks matchups, coach Nick Saban is going to have to adjust and reload. Safety Marty Barron is the only returning starter from last year’s defense who lost several starters, including DT Terrence Cody and cornerback Javier Arenas to the NFL. Look for subs from last year’s defense such as DE Marcell Dareus and LB Nico Johnson to start making an impact as starters in the 2010 college football predictions seasonN.
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Aside from an again brutal NCAA picks regular season SEC schedule, which includes home college football predictions matchups with Florida and Auburn and games at South Carolina, LSU, and Tennessee, Alabama also has a key game the second week of the NCAA picks season. Circle the September 11 engagement against Penn State at Tuscaloosa. If the Tide gets past PSU, they could have a bumpy but direct ride all the way to Glendale.
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