Alabama Opens as Massive Favorite Over Cincinnati in 2021 College Football Playoff Cotton Bowl Semifinal

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Alabama Crimson Tide have opened as big favorites over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the2021 College Football Playoff Cotton Bowl Semifinal.
The Alabama Crimson Tide have opened as big favorites over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the2021 College Football Playoff Cotton Bowl Semifinal. / Kevin C. Cox/GettyImages
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The NCAA College Football bowl season has finally arrived, highlighted by a pair of College Football Playoff semifinal contests. The CFP Cotton Bowl semifinal features a highly-anticipated matchup between the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide and No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats.

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Alabama is opening as the massive favorite over Cincinnati. As it stands, the Crimson Tide are 14-point favorites over the Bearcats.

CFP Cotton Bowl Odds

Adding on to that, Alabama is listed as the -620 moneyline favorite, while Cincinnati's odds rest at +430.

It isn't too shocking to see Alabama open up with such massive odds after thrashing previous No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs, another CFP team, by a score of 41-24 in the SEC Championship game.

This is a matchup between two schools who haven't played each other in more than 30 years, with the last meeting coming on Nov. 17, 1990. Overall, the Crimson Tide are 4-0 in all-time head-to-head meetings against the Bearcats.

Alabama vs Cincinnati Odds

This marks an important step for Alabama's pursuit of its second consecutive National Championship and head coach Nick Saban's eighth title and seventh during his tenure with the Crimson Tide.

The CFP Cotton Bowl Semifinal game will take place on Friday, December 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX at 3:30 p.m. EST.


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