Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Auburn Tigers Odds
Point Spread: Alabama (-21)
Game Total Line: (46.5)
(wagering lines available at 5Dimes)
The Alabama Crimson Tide put their renewed BCS title hopes on the line this Saturday afternoon in a SEC tilt against their bitter in-state rival, the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the annual Iron Bowl. Kick-off in this clash is slated for 3:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on CBS.
By virtue of a routine 45-21 victory over D-IAA Georgia Southern this past Saturday in a game that had no posted line, Alabama took full advantage of Oklahoma State's shocking loss to reclaim the No.2 spot in the BCS rankings. This undoubtedly rekindles thoughts of a rematch with LSU for a national title if both teams can win out from here. The Tide's win moved them to 10-1 straight-up (7-3 against the spread) on the year. They are a perfect 4-0 SU (3-1 ATS) on the road this season and the total has stayed ‘under' in six of their 10 games.
Just as it has done all season long, Alabama will look to club its rival with a heavy dose of a running game that is averaging 220.5 yards a game and a smothering defense that is holding opponents to just 8.4 points a game. The 21 points it gave-up last Saturday, was the first time a team had scored more than two touchdowns on Alabama this year.
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Michigan's 28-14 loss to Michigan State earlier this season as a three-point home favorite will keep it out of the first-ever Big Ten Championship Game regardless of what happens in this one, but it is still in great position to earn a spot in a BCS Bowl Game with a win on Saturday in light of an overall record of 9-2 SU (8-3 ATS). The total has stayed ‘under' in seven of its 11 games this season.
Auburn comes into this game off a 35-16 victory over D-IAA Samford as a 31.5-point home favorite. It was just its third win in the last six games and the first time it scored more than 30 points since a 41-34 win over Mississippi State in Week 2. The Tigers are now 7-4 SU, but just 4-7 ATS. The total has gone 5-6 in their 11 games this year.
To have hopes of keeping this season's Iron Bowl competitive, Auburn will need a supreme effort from its own rushing offense that is averaging 183.5 yards a game. The problem for the Tigers is that their defense has had trouble stopping just about anyone from scoring; giving-up an average of 28.2 points a game.
The Crimson Tide are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games as favorites and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against the SEC. The total has stayed ‘under' in four of its last five games overall.
The Tigers are 6-0 ATS in their last six games as home underdogs and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games in the conference. The total has stayed ‘under' in six of their last eight games overall.
Head-to-head in this rivalry, Alabama is just 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings and the home team is 5-2 in the last seven games between the two. The total has stayed ‘under' in four of the last five games overall.
Game Betting Pick
This time around, stick with the Tide to take full advantage of the mismatch of talent in this year's Iron Bowl with a crushing victory on the road.
Take Alabama -21 at BetOnline where you can bet using your credit card.