Bet Alabama -17.5 vs. Tennessee for Week 9 College Football Picks

Joe Catalano

Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:30 PM GMT

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 2:30 PM GMT

Will the Volunteers (3-4) be up to the challenge as running back T.J. Yeldon and possible Heisman Candidate Amari Cooper invade Neyland Stadium for the Alabama Crimson Tide (6-1) this week. Alabama is still in the BCS Championship picture and this appears to be an easy "W". Will they cover the betting spread is the question?

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST on Saturday at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. This game can be seen on ESPN 2.

5Dimes Sportsbook lists the Tide as a hefty 17.5 point betting favorite on college football odds while the total for the game is listed at 46.5. That's a lot of points for a road favorite to cover, but Tennessee has shown no signs of being competitive in the SEC Conference as they are yet to win an inter-conference game.

Running the Table
I know that Alabama is looking to run the table as their loss came early in the season and the AP Poll Rankings appear to favor teams that lose early as opposed to teams that lose in the middle of their schedule or late in the season. Tennessee on the other hand, will need to run the table to make a bowl game or lose one game at best on the rest of their schedule and it's likely to happen here. Stranger things have happened, but the Vols simply don't have the talent to compete with a powerhouse such as the Crimson Tide.

 

Roll Tide Roll!
This is not a typo; Alabama is coming off of a 59-0 win over the Texas A&M Aggies. This isn't Appalachian State who the Crimson Tide defeated, this is legitimate football team. The numbers will blow your mind. Alabama outgained the Aggies 30-8 in 1st downs and 602 to 172 yards in the game. Although Texas A&M only committed one turnover, this game was over before it started as Bama scored 28 points in the 2nd quarter and carried a 45-0 lead into the lockeroom at halftime.

T.J. Yeldon and Amari Cooper each had 2 touchdowns apiece and eclipsed the 100 yard mark. Alabama quarterback Blake Sims was perfect on the day with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. I don't see a problem in this week's game against Tennessee as the Volunteeers defense has been up to the challenge defensively against weak teams, but have been ineffective against top 25 teams. We're either going to see a gamed effort by the Vols in front of their home fans or we'll see another blowout. I'm expecting Alabama to carry the momentum from the 59-0 win over Texas A&M into this game. The Aggies are a much better team than the Volunteers and it only seems logical to believe that we'll see massive destruction administered by Alabama on Saturday, October 25th.

 

Blowout City
Granted, Tennessee was facing a powerhouse last week in the Ole Miss Rebels, but they got blown off the field. Tennessee committed 4 turnovers and were outgained on the ground 180-0!

How could they possibly have any confidence facing another SEC powerhouse? It will take the Vols a Peyton Manning-like performance to have a chance in this game. Volunteers quarterback, Justin Worley, has actually had a decent season; until last week. Worley was intercepted 3 times and threw for a season low 191 yards. Look for Worley to learn from his mistakes and slow down the clock with the running game, but will it be enough?

Running back Jalen Hurd is the leader in the Volunteers backfield, but he's been ineffective, especially in his last two games with just 47 yards on the ground in total. He must have a big game or Tennessee will get destroyed; plain and simple.

 

Outcome
There's nothing to think about here. The only thing that Tennessee has in their advantage is home field. For your college football picks look for Alabama, who is coming off of one of the biggest wins against a top 25 team this season, to destroy the Volunteers at home as they look to run the table.

College Football Picks: Alabama -17.5 at 5Dimes

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