It’s the eighth week of the college football season and we’re still wondering which team is going to stop the Alabama Crimson Tide freight train. So again, we ask a question: Will the Tennessee Volunteers be the first team to prey on Alabama? Doubtful, but maybe they’ll pull it off or at least keep it close enough to cover.
At press, Alabama leads the pack at -225 to win the 2019 College Football Championship while Tennessee is priced at just +1500.
Betting Preview for the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Tennessee Volunteers Week 8 College Football Game on October 20 2018
Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville Tennessee
When: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 3:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0 Overall / 4-0 Conference)
As usual, Alabama got the job done with ease in their most recent outing, defeating the Missouri Tigers 39-10. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa only went 22 pass attempts, but it was all it took for him to nail three touchdown passes. Meanwhile, running back Damien Harris rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown. The Crimson Tide made plays early and scored in bunches right away allowing them to take it easy down the stretch. The credit, of course, should also go to the Crimson Tide’s defense that made life in the pocket incredibly hard for Tigers quarterback Drew Lock, Lock went just 13-of-26 for 142 yards and while he connected once for a touchdown, he was intercepted twice and got sacked four times. Alabama’s pass rush is unforgiving. It has 23.0 sacks on the season, the most in the SEC, and a defense that ranks fifth in the nation with 15.1 points allowed per game. Those numbers don’t sound too well for Tennessee, which already is not having a great season offensively, averaging just 20.2 points per game.
Alabama is 10-0 SU and 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games against the Volunteers.
Betting on the Tennessee Volunteers (3-3 Overall / 1-2 Conference)
Tennessee dug deep this weekend and found a way to uncharacteristically put points on the board in last weekend’s 30-24 win over the Auburn Tigers. It’s the Vols’ first win this season against a ranked opponent and that should lift their morals ahead of their showdown with the Crimson Tide. Although Alabama is always going to be tough to crack, but perhaps having a head coach that’s a Crimson Tide defensive coordinator in the form of Jeremy Pruitt, should help the team find ways to put dents and scratches on Nick Saban’s stop unit. Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano passed for 328 passing yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions on 21-of-32 completions in a performance that should boost his confidence heading into a matchup with one of the nation’s fiercest – if not the most vicious – defenses in the nation.
Tennessee is 2-0 ATS in its last two games overall.
Alabama wins, 38-17.
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