Betting preview: Alabama Crimson Tide

Season win total bets for top 5 CFB teams

ESPN Chalk's Phil Steele breaks down his bets for the season win totals of Ohio State, TCU, Auburn, Baylor and Alabama.

With college football season on the horizon, ESPN Chalk's college football experts -- Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica -- combine to give you betting previews of the top 25 teams, according to the ESPN College Football Rankings. They break down each team's strengths and weaknesses, along with season win total bets and national title odds.

Odds from Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Sept. 1.

Alabama Crimson Tide

National title odds: 7-1
Season win total: 9.5

Phil Steele

Strengths: Defense. Alabama has my top-rated defense in the country, and that is enough to make the Tide a legitimate national title contender.