College football odds favor the Crimson Tide by just over a field goal on Thursday in a game that is being televised by ABC.
Alabama and Texas are actually playing in the Rose Bowl since it is there turn to host the BCS title game. That could be good news for Texas in BCS Bowl odds since the last time the Rose Bowl hosted the BCS title game it was Texas upsetting USC in one of the best college football games ever.
There are some interesting college football odds trends for this Thursday night matchup. The Longhorns are not underdogs very often in college football odds. In fact, they were favored in every game this season. They have thrived as an underdog though as they are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games as an underdog. The concern for those backing Texas in BCS Bowl odds is that the Longhorns are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 bowl games.
Alabama has done very well against the Big 12 of late as they are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games. Alabama was favored in every game this season except the SEC title game against Florida. The Crimson Tide were 7-5 against the college football odds this season when laying points.
If you are looking at the total in BCS Bowl odds you may want to look for a low scoring game. Five of the last six Alabama games when they were favored went under. Texas went under in seven of their 13 games this season. Since Alabama has the best defense in the country and Texas is no slouch either, a low scoring game could be in the cards on Thursday.