Sugar Bowl Picks Against the Spread: Alabama vs. Ohio State

Jeff Grant

Monday, December 22, 2014 2:24 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 2:24 PM UTC

Alabama has earned more bowl wins than any other team in the country, which makes it a top college football pick against Ohio State on New Year’s Day.

Balanced Attack
The Alabama Crimson Tide improved to 12-1 SU and 5-8 ATS on the year by picking up a convincing 42-13 victory over the Missouri Tigers as 14.5-point favorites in the SEC Championship Game, as it accumulated 28 first downs on 76 total plays.

Crimson Tide signal-caller Blake Sims established a new all-time record for yards in a season at 3,250, which is important to consider when making your College Football pick, while his main target Amari Cooper has amassed 1,587 all-purpose yards.

The team’s rushing attack is in good hands with Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon, who have combined to average 146.5 rushing yards and hit paydirt 20 times.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 5-2 SU and 4-3 ATS when playing with two or more weeks of rest, with the OVER going 4-2-1 in that situation.


Impressive Run
Ohio State became the first Big Ten team to go undefeated in regular-season conference play three consecutive years since 1933-35, which can’t be ignored when looking over the College Football odds, while it also picked up a 59-0 blowout victory over Wisconsin Badgers in the conference title game.

The Buckeyes have compiled an impressive 36-3 SU record under third-year head coach Urban Meyer, as he looks to improve upon his solid 7-2 mark in bowl games overall.

It’s also important to point out that Meyer has won 15 of 20 neutral-site games that he’s participated in, while the former Florida front man will look to even his record to 2-2 all-time when taking on Nick Saban.

Since the start of the 2012 campaign, the squad is 4-0 SUATS as underdogs, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (2-2 Over/Under).

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Key Player
There’s no question that Cooper is the main player for the Buckeyes to game plan for, as he accounted for 42.9 percent of Alabama’s catches this season, while Sims had plenty of time to survey the field in getting sacked just four times in his last four contests.

Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin will need to ease his stars into this high-profile matchup at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, as Ohio State’s stop unit accounted for 21 interceptions.


Under Center
Sports bettors are certainly aware that the Buckeyes will be playing with their No. 3 quarterback, as J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller have been lost for the year, but Cardale Jones demonstrated big-time ability in leading the offense to 558 yards versus the Badgers.

Jones simply needs to be a game manager, as Ohio State has one of the best defenses in the country, with that group being led by consensus All-American Joey Bosa.

Bet the Total for Ohio State vs. Alabama College Football Pick

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Crimson Tide as one of their top College Football pick, as they’ve covered the number in their last four games versus Big Ten opponents.

Free College Football Pick:  Alabama Crimson Tide -9 at Bookmaker

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