The University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban

  • Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The Alabama Crimson Tide were expected to play the University of Georgia Bulldogs Saturday.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – In a shocking turn of events, the Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19.

This comes as the virus has shown its continuation of spreading throughout college football and more recently in the SEC.

In fact, earlier Wednesday, the University of Florida football team shut down operations, ensuring all of the college football betting odds were pulled off of the board.

A similar situation is the likely expectation for the Crimson Tide as well, despite Saban leaving the facility immediately.

Before the announcement, the Tide were expected to play the University of Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday. Favored by nearly a touchdown, Alabama will likely see the #2 vs. #3 battle postponed.

Alabama vs. Georgia

  • Spread: BAMA -6.5
  • Moneyline: BAMA (-220) vs. UGA (+180)
  • Total: 56.5 points

Still, the Crimson Tide are expected to be just fine, assuming the Saban is healthy enough the coach every game moving forward.

As a strong favorite to win the SEC (-280), Alabama was also a favorite to make it to the 4-team playoff.

Alabama Makes CFP

  • Yes -210
  • No +155

However, despite being favored to attend the biggest stage, Alabama was listed third on the college football playoffs oddsboard at +350 behind Clemson and Ohio State.

As this story develops, there will certainly be more about how this affects the Crimson Tide, the University of Georgia, as well as the entire SEC.

With the spread of the virus making its rounds to many schools, the thoughts of season cancelation may ring in the ears of some while hiatuses and rescheduling will be the focus of others.

Either way, the SEC will need some good luck in the near future as the Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrne also contracted the virus.

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