Tennessee at Alabama
Date/Time: Saturday, October 23 10:30 pm ET
College Football Betting Favorite: Alabama -16.5, O/U 52.5
The Volunteers just might be the best 3-3 team in the country. The team’s three losses have come by a total of 12 points to two top 20 ranked teams in Oklahoma and Florida plus a surprising loss to Arkansas at home when the offense was held to two field goals in the second half. They rebounded from that loss with a terrific 38-31 victory over then #19 ranked Georgia, using 519 yards of total offense to dominate the game. With the offense now moving in the right direction, the bye week came at the perfect time, allowing them two weeks to prepare for the hottest team in the country.
After starting the season with two solid victories, Alabama ran into an inspired Mississippi team that handed them a shocking home loss 43-37. Like all great teams, Bama did not take well to dropping out of the top 10 and proceeded to start steam rolling opponents, including then #8 ranked Georgia in Georgia 38-10 and last week’s beating of #9 Texas A&M 41-23. Best of all, the team is playing like a Sabin team with an explosive rushing attack and a defense that simply refuses to budge.
The Crimson Tide are surely aware that #5 LSU is coming to town next week for a huge SEC showdown. After an emotional win over Texas A&M, this game sets up as a classic “sandwich” game. No one is suggesting the Volunteers will march into town and give the Crimson Tide a bloody nose, but 16.5 points might be a little too much to overcome against a Tennessee team that sits in a must win situation. Take Tennessee and the points.
Crimson Tide are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. Crimson Tide are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. Take Tennessee and the points.