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Ohio State Buckeyes vs Alabama Crimson Tide Sugar Bowl Betting Preview, Odds and Pick

Ohio State Buckeyes

vs

Alabama Crimson Tide
Thursday, January 01, 2015 8:30 PM ET
Mercedes-Benz Superdome

A berth in the College Football Championship Game will be on the line in the Sugar Bowl at the Superdome on New Year's Day as the Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in a national semifinal matchup.

The Crimson Tide, favored for the contest, are 5-1 ATS in their last six bowl game appearances heading into this year's Sugar Bowl, and they're also 4-0 both SU and ATS in their last four games against Big Ten teams. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, are just 1-5 both SU and ATS in their last six games against SEC teams, and they're also just 1-4 SU in their last five games as double-digit underdog.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Alabama Crimson Tide Opening Odds and Betting Line

On the betting opening line for this matchup, the Alabama Crimson Tide sat as -9-point favorites, according to 5Dimes. The total had not been posted early in the week, so check the lines pages for the latest.

Computer Prediction: Ohio State Buckeyes vs Alabama Crimson Tide Pick

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Crimson Tide to win this game on Thursday 34-24. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Alabama Crimson Tide Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Alabama will face the 12-1 Ohio State Buckeyes, who own a 8-5 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Alabama Crimson Tide are 6-6 so far this season while the Buckeyes are 11-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Alabama vs Ohio State injuries news.

The Alabama Crimson Tide sit at No. 6 in the current College Football Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Ohio State Buckeyes are at No. 1 on that chart.

How Ohio State Buckeyes vs Alabama Crimson Tide Stats Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Alabama Crimson Tide No. 17-ranked offense (37.08 PPG) against a Ohio State Buckeyes defense that ranks No. 23 at 21.15 PPG. The Alabama Crimson Tide passing attack has averaged 279.92 yards per game, more than the Ohio State Buckeyes give up through the air (188.15 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Ohio State Buckeyes own the league's No. 54-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 169.6 yards per game when on the road. Alabama, on the other hand, rates No. 29 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Wisconsin was unable to contain Ezekiel Elliott in its last action Saturday and the result was a 59-0 Week 15 loss against the Buckeyes.

Alabama won its last game, 42-13 over Missouri on Saturday, behind a 169-yard receiving performance from Jimmie Hunt at Georgia Dome.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Odds Trends

Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Ohio State's last 12 games
Alabama is 4-10-1 ATS in its last 15 games
Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

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