The Crimson Tide are 23-1 straight up and 15-6 against the spread in September under coach Nick Saban.
They were big 19 ½-point favorites over a Virginia Tech team that has taken a step back from its peak in the early 2000s. (That line has swelled to 21 at some sportsbooks as of Thursday). Alabama is 19-1 straight-up and 12-8 against the spread as a double-digit favorite over the last several years.
They are also 6-0 SU & ATS away from home as a favorite of 20 points or more since 2002.
The Hokies are 7-4 against the spread as double-digit underdogs. Hokie QB Logan Thomas needs to have the best game of his up-and-down career, if Virginia Tech is to have any chance against the Crimson Tide. The Hokies do have nine starters returning on defense.
They must contend with one of Saban’s best offenses at Alabama, led by senior QB A.J. McCarron, running back T.J. Yeldon and wide receiver Amari Cooper.