The No. 1 team in the land, 6-0 Alabama, stays on the SEC road for a trip to Knoxville and a visit with 3-3 Tennessee Saturday night (7 pm ET, ESPN).
The Tide, who have beaten the Vols five times in a row, were early 19-point favorites over UT, which has given up 92 points in losing back-to-back road games. It was bet up to -20 as of Friday at BetOnline.
The database shows that Alabama is 6-1-1 ATS in eight recent games with the Vols.
Betting Line: Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the Crimson Tide listed as 20-point favorites earlier this week at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the over under line was set at 55 at Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction: According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 58-rated Volunteers and the No. 1-rated Crimson Tide in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 62-36 win for the Crimson Tide on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tennessee's No. 24-ranked offense, averaging 38 PPG, against a Crimson Tide defense that ranks No. 1 this week at 7.5 PPG. The Volunteers aerial game is averaging 299 yards per game, more than the Crimson Tide secondary allows through the air, 125.8 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Crimson Tide feature the league's No. 2-rated road run defense, allowing 30.5 yards per game. Tennessee, meanwhile, ranks No. 75 in rushing offense at home.
In their last action, Alabama was a 42-10 winner on the road against Missouri. They covered the 21-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (52) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Eddie Lacy tore up the turf for 177 rushing yards in the latest Crimson Tide game, a 42-10 win over the Tigers at Memorial Stadium.
Last time out for Tennessee, they were a 41-31 loser as they battled Mississippi State on the road. Tennessee failed to cover in the match as a 3-point underdog, while 72 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. In their last game, the Volunteers were Week 7 losers coming out on the wrong end of 41-31 score against Mississippi State.
Alabama Crimson Tide Trends:
When playing in October are 9-1
When playing on grass are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing within the conference are 9-1
Tennessee Volunteers Trends:
When playing in October are 1-9
When playing on grass are 4-6
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 1-9
A few Crimson Tide at Volunteers trends to consider:
Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tennessee
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Alabama's last 6 games when playing on the road against Tennessee
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tennessee's last 6 games when playing at home against Alabama
Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tennessee's last 8 games when playing Alabama
Tennessee is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Alabama home to Mississippi State, Saturday, October 27
Tennessee at South Carolina, Saturday, October 27