Owls visit Crimson Tide in Week 4 battle
Florida Atlantic Owls vs Alabama Crimson Tide Odds
In another of those moneymakers for a school willing to serve as practice fodder, the Owls of Florida Atlantic visit Tuscaloosa to go against the No. 1 team in the land, Alabama's Crimson Tide, Saturday afternoon (5 pm ET ESPN3).
The 1-2 Owls, who served in a similar capacity last week vs. Georgia, are getting 50 points vs. the Tide, who just kicked Arkansas 52-0 on its home field.
Betting Line: Oddsmakers opened the Crimson Tide as 51-point favorites in the game, while the betting total had not been set at the time of writing.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Crimson Tide at No. 5 and the Owls at No. 107 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 61-8 result in favor of the Crimson Tide.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Alabama's No. 17-ranked offense (42.7 PPG) against a Owls defense that ranks No. 86 at 30 PPG. The Crimson Tide passing attack has averaged 212.3 yards per game, less than the Owls give up through the air (218 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Owls feature the league's No. 94-rated road run defense, allowing 315 yards per game. Alabama, meanwhile, ranks No. 67 in rushing offense at home.
In their last action, Florida Atlantic was a 56-20 loser on the road against Georgia. They covered the 41.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (76) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Florida Atlantic didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Bulldogs as Georgia blasted them 56-20 in Week 3 action.
In their last action, Alabama was a 52-0 winner on the road against Arkansas. They covered the 20.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (52) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Arkansas didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Crimson Tide as Alabama blasted them 52-0 in Week 3 action.
Florida Atlantic Owls Trends:
When playing in September are 1-9
When playing on grass are 2-8
After being outgained are 1-9
When playing outside the conference are 3-7
Alabama Crimson Tide Trends:
When playing in September are 10-0
When playing on grass are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing outside the conference are 10-0
A few Owls at Crimson Tide trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Florida Atlantic's last 9 games on the road
Florida Atlantic is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Florida Atlantic is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games
Florida Atlantic is 2-16 SU in its last 18 games
Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Alabama is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Alabama's last 16 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Alabama's last 6 games
Florida Atlantic home to North Texas, Saturday, September 29
Alabama home to Mississippi, Saturday, September 29