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Within minutes of Alabama winning the SEC Championship over Georgia and clinching a spot in this year’s BCS Championship against Notre Dame, the sportsbooks have made the Crimson Tide an overwhelming favorite.

The Wynn in Las Vegas opened Alabama as a 10-point favorite (-110), while one of the major offshore outfits 5Dimes.com listed Alabama as a 10 ½-point favorite (EVEN). The early money has already knocked the number down to 9 at the Wynn and other major casinos in Las Vegas.
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The Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (LVH) was one of the few outfits in the desert to give any respect to the Irish, opening Alabama as a 7 ½-point favorite.

5Dimes.com was the first to post a money-line price on the game, listing ‘Bama as a minus-400 favorite (Ex. Bet $100 to win $25, Bet $400 to win $100). Bettors believing Notre Dame can complete its season at 13-0 can grab the Fighting Irish at plus-325 odds (Ex. Bet $100 to win $325). The Irish have attracted early action here as well, with the money-line dropping to -360/+300.

The SEC as a conference has won six consecutive national championships, with ‘Bama looking to extend that streak to seven on Jan. 7, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fl.

Jan, 9, 2012 - Alabama 21 LSU 0
Jan. 10, 2011 - Auburn 22 Oregon 19
Jan. 7, 2010 - Alabama 37 Texas 21
Jan. 8, 2009 - Florida 24 Oklahoma 14
Jan. 7, 2008 - LSU 38 Ohio State 24
Jan. 8, 2007 - Florida 41 Ohio State 14

Notre Dame has earned three trips to BCS bowl games and is 0-3, losing all three by double digits.

2001 Fiesta Bowl - Oregon State 41 Notre Dame 9
2006 Fiesta Bowl - Ohio State 34 Notre Dame 20
2007 Sugar Bowl - LSU 41 Notre Dame 41

Alabama owns a 2-2 record in BCS bowl games, both wins coming in the BCS Championship.

2000 Orange Bowl – Michigan 35 Alabama 34
2008 Sugar Bowl – Utah 31 Alabama 17
2009 BCS Championship – Alabama 37 Texas 21
2011 BCS Championship – Alabama 21 LSU 0

  
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