Betting preview: Win total, title odds for Alabama Crimson Tide

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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 Aug. 22.

Alabama Crimson Tide

National title odds: 6-1 (opened 6-1)
Season win total: 10
FPI win total projection: 9.0

Phil Steele

Strengths: With defensive end Jonathan Allen, linebacker Reuben Foster and strong safety Eddie Jackson turning down the NFL, Alabama returns five starters from last year's No. 1 defense -- and that number doesn't even include linebacker Tim Williams, who led the team in sacks and was dominant this spring. The Crimson Tide have my top-rated defense again this year, the nation's best set of receivers in the country and my No. 4-rated offensive line. They also have my No. 10 special teams.