Crimson Tide chalk against Mountaineers
After a disastrous (for them) season last year, the Alabama Crimson Tide will open their 2014 campaign as huge favorites on the betting lines on Saturday afternoon as they take on the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Georgia Dome.
Alabama did not win the national championship last season, and that's not good enough for Crimson Tide supporters - they were 11-2 SU and 7-6 ATS on the year. West Virginia would've killed for those records last season, as the Mountaineers won just four of their 12 games SU while posting just three ATS victories.
Alabama is 4-1 ATS in its past five openers, in spite of facing monster point spreads. Meanwhile, the OVER is 9-2 past 11 West Virginia games in September.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs Alabama Crimson Tide Opening Odds and Betting Line
The West Virginia Mountaineers were listed as 25-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at Bovada but the line was growing at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark. The total was 55.5 over at BetOnline.
Computer Prediction: West Virginia Mountaineers vs Alabama Crimson Tide Pick
Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 48-19 win for the Crimson Tide on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Alabama Crimson Tide currently sport a record of 11-2, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-6 ATS. The West Virginia Mountaineers are 4-8 and 3-9 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Alabama Crimson Tide post a 7-5-1 over under record this season, while the West Virginia Mountaineers have gone 6-6 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Alabama vs West Virginia injuries news.
According to the Power Rankings here at Odds Shark it's the No. 3-rated Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 92-rated West Virginia Mountaineers in this matchup.
How West Virginia Mountaineers vs Alabama Crimson Tide Stats Matchup
Offensively, the game matches up the Alabama Crimson Tide No. 17-ranked offense (38.15 PPG) against a West Virginia Mountaineers defense that ranks No. 100 at 33.33 PPG. The Alabama Crimson Tide passing attack has averaged 248.46 yards per game, less than the West Virginia Mountaineers give up through the air (263.33 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the West Virginia Mountaineers own the league's No. 89-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 207.5 yards per game when on the road. Alabama, on the other hand, rates No. 37 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Last time out for West Virginia, they were a 52-44 loser as they battled Iowa State at home. West Virginia failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point favorite, while 96 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Clint Trickett's 356-yard performance through the air wasn't enough last time out, as Iowa State earned a 52-44 win over West Virginia on Saturday at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Alabama lost its last outing, a 45-31 result against Oklahoma on January 2. Alabama failed to cover in that game as a 17-point favorite, while the 76 combined points took the game OVER the total. In their last game, Alabama's aerial attack generated 387 yards but it was the Sooners coming away with a 45-31 victory over Alabama at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Next Betting Matchups
West Virginia home to Towson, Saturday, September 6th
Alabama home to Florida Atlantic, Saturday, September 6th