Alabama will face off against the Tigers for the first time as Southeastern Conference foes on Saturday inside Memorial Stadium in Columbia. Let’s get a bettor's perspective, while offering an against-the-spread pick along the way.
Tide will look to jump on the Tigers early coming off a bye
sits atop the national rankings and will try to hold that spot heading into the
first release of the BCS standings on Sunday, as the team should be well rested
after enjoying a bye week. The Crimson Tide have simply dominated
opponents in the first half over their last 25 games, outscoring them by a
significant 489-97 margin, which has led directly to having the lead or being
tied in 25 straight games. Sports bettors will want to take a close look
at the first-half betting odds when they are released later in the week.
has never beaten a top-ranked team in the AP poll
have alternated wins and losses over their first six games of the 2012
campaign, as they come off a 19-15 setback against the Vanderbilt Commodores as
seven-point home favorites, while going UNDER the total for the fourth
consecutive week. It’s hard to imagine an upset victory in this spot due
to the school already losing its first three SEC games, especially when you
consider its 0-12 straight-up record against top-ranked teams in the AP Top 25
Tide head coach Nick Saban has won two national championships since arriving in
Tuscaloosa, which isn’t surprising when you consider his 15-1 record in the
month of October. Alabama has been incredible in this situation in its
last six games against conference opponents, winning those contests by an average
of 30.3 points. College football handicappers will find that the program
has covered its last five games during this particular calendar month.
familiar with the other sideline
ranks as the ninth-winningest active coach in major college football with 161
career victories, with 88 of those coming with the Tigers. Missouri’s
front man has never faced Saban in his career on the sidelines, but it’s
important to note that the two were teammates during their playing days at Kent
delivering under center
quarterback AJ McCarron didn’t have to do much on the offensive end to win the
national title, as he had the luxury of handing the ball off to star running
back Trent Richardson, while the team had a suffocating defense on the other
end. He has thrown for 12 touchdowns in the first five games, which is
the most in school history in the amount of time. The junior ranks second
in the conference with a 177.04 pass efficiency rating, as he’s failed to throw
an interception in his last 206 attempts dating back to last year.
to recommend that readers back the Tigers in this particular spot when making
their Week 7 college football picks, as I find the coaching relationship
significant in this contest. Alabama has failed to cover six of its last
seven games before playing the Tennessee Volunteers, while Saturday’s host is
20-14 against the spread after a home loss against a conference rival.
College Football Pick: Missouri Tigers +21.5