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Crimson Tide vs Volunteers Betting Matchup Report

Tennessee VolunteersAlabama Crimson Tide

Coming off its biggest win so far under Coach Jones 4-3 Tennessee goes after really big game when it travels to Tuscaloosa to take on No. 1 Alabama Saturday afternoon (3:30 pm ET, CBS).

The Vols just pulled one SEC upset, beating South Carolina Saturday 23-21 on a field goal at the buzzer. UT is now 3-1 ATS this year against ranked teams.

'Bama, meanwhile, retained the top spot in the rankings with a 52-0 whitewash of Arkansas Saturday. The Tide has now allowed a total of 16 points over the last five games.

As of early this week Alabama, which is 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS against Tennessee under Coach Saban, was favored by 28 points over the Vols.

The Volunteers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 4-3 ATS against the number this season, while the Crimson Tide are 4-3 ATS. Tennessee is 4-2-1 on the totals; Alabama is 4-3.

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Bettors looking to back the visiting Volunteers in this one found them as 26.5-point underdogs on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. Bookmark the college football odds pages to see where the over under number opens in this game.

The Crimson Tide - Volunteers odds would favor the Crimson Tide if the lines were set according to power ranks. Alabama is rated No. 2 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Volunteers sit at No. 85. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 54-28 win for the Crimson Tide.

In their last action, Tennessee was a 23-21 winner at home against South Carolina. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (44) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Alabama's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 40.71 PPG, against a Volunteers defense that ranks No. 67 this week at 27 PPG. The Crimson Tide aerial game is averaging 248.71 yards per game, more than the Volunteers secondary allows through the air, 230.14 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Volunteers feature the league's No. 96-rated road run defense, allowing 215.5 yards per game. Alabama, meanwhile, ranks No. 39 in rushing offense at home.

A few Volunteers at Crimson Tide trends to consider:
Tennessee is 8-16-1 SU in its last 25 games
Tennessee is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tennessee's last 7 games on the road
Tennessee is 1-7-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Alabama
Alabama is 6-0-1 SU in its last 7 games
Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Alabama is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Tennessee
Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tennessee

Next up:
Tennessee at Missouri, Saturday, November 2nd
Alabama at LSU, Saturday, November 9th