The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey in the state’s challenge to the federal law known as The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The law banned states from legalizing gambling on sporting events -- with the exception of Nevada.

The ruling that the law is unconstitutional, which came down to a 7-2 vote, sets the stage for states to start allowing gambling on sports. How that will be structured by each state remains to be seen, so we don’t know when or if the state of Alabama will follow suit.

But it got us thinking. What are some way-too-early odds that will interest Alabama fans?

The first is the Crimson Tide’s season-opening game against Louisville. In the latest look, UA was a 31-point favorite over the Cardinals, according to 5Dimes Sportsbook. The Tide opened as a 27-point favorite back in January, and the line just continues to surge.

Alabama has been favored in 111 of its last 112 games, with the only outlier being a 2015 game at Georgia, and should be the betting favorite in every 2018 game based on preseason projections.

Alabama’s Sept. 1 opener against Louisville isn’t considered one of the Tide’s most challenging games in 2018, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. UA has an 86.5 percent chance to beat the Cardinals, per ESPN, which is the sixth-lowest percentage on its 2018 slate. Auburn is the lowest at 66.8 percent, and only two other games are lower than 80 percent.

Then there’s the national championship picture.

Having won its 17th overall title and fifth in the last nine seasons, Alabama is the early favorite to win the College Football Playoff once again. The Tide’s odds currently sit at 9/4, per, with Clemson (6/1), Ohio State (15/2) and Georgia (8/1) rounding out the top four.


Alabama -- 9/4
Clemson -- 6/1
Ohio State -- 15/2
Georgia -- 8/1
Michigan -- 15/1
Penn State -- 15/1
Oklahoma -- 22/1
Washington -- 22/1
Auburn -- 28/1
Florida State -- 30/1
Wisconsin -- 30/1

LSU -- 35/1
Texas -- 35/1
Miami, Fla. -- 45/1
Michigan State -- 45/1
Virginia Tech -- 45/1
West Virginia -- 45/1
USC -- 50/1
Notre Dame -- 55/1
Stanford -- 55/1
Texas A&M -- 70/1
Florida -- 100/1
UCLA -- 110/1
Arizona -- 120/1
Boise State -- 120/1

Finally, a pair of Crimson Tide quarterbacks appeared on the short list of early Heisman Trophy favorites, released by Sophomore signal caller Tua Tagovailoa was fourth on the list at 12/1 odds behind Stanford’s Bryce Love (9/2), Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor (6/1) and Georgia’s Jake Fromm (10/1). Arizona’s Khalil Tate (14/1) rounded out the top five.

Junior Jalen Hurts also appeared on the list of Heisman favorites at 50/1 odds. He was tied with Washington’s Jake Browning, Stanford’s KJ Costello, Houston’s Ed Oliver and Clemson’s  Travis Etienne. Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham also made the cut at 25/1 odds, along with Missouri’s Drew Lock (33/1) and Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald (33/1).

Sports gambling is no longer illegal.

With New Jersey at the heart of the case, the Supreme Court ruling could allow as many as 25 other states from seeking similar allowances, per reports. New Jersey, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Mississippi already have laws in place and could see the betting process begin shortly, while more than 20 others are in the process of doing the same.

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