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SEC Championship Game: Alabama chalk

The Alabama Crimson Tide can likely lock up the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings with a victory against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday in the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The Crimson Tide won the West Division and hope to capture their second SEC title in three years, beating the Georgia Bulldogs 32-28 in 2012 but failing to cover the spread as a 9-point favorite. The Tigers are in the championship game for the second year in a row after again winning the East Division, but they lost to the Auburn Tigers 59-42 in 2013 as 1.5-point favorites.

Alabama is coming off a 55-44 win over Auburn last week in their annual Iron Bowl intrastate rivalry game, beating the spread for the first time in five games as 9.5-point home chalk. Missouri has won its past six games, going 5-1 against the spread during that stretch following a 21-14 victory against Arkansas last Saturday as a 2.5-point home underdog.

The OVER is 9-2 past 11 SEC title games (last year saw 101 points scored).

Missouri Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide Opening Odds and Betting Line

Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the Missouri Tigers listed as 3-point underdogs earlier this week at Bovada. Meanwhile, the over under betting line was unavailable earlier in the week.

Computer Prediction: Missouri Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide Pick

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Crimson Tide to win this game on Saturday 29-22. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Missouri Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Alabama Crimson Tide currently sport a record of 11-1, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 3-8-1 ATS. The Missouri Tigers are 10-2 and 8-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Alabama Crimson Tide post a 5-6 over under record this season, while the Missouri Tigers have gone 5-7 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Alabama vs Missouri injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 7-rated Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 41-ranked Missouri Tigers, according to the NCAA College Football Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

How Missouri Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide Stats Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Alabama Crimson Tide No. 21-ranked offense (36.67 PPG) against a Missouri Tigers defense that ranks No. 13 at 19.67 PPG. The Alabama Crimson Tide passing attack has averaged 281.42 yards per game, more than the Missouri Tigers give up through the air (204.08 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Missouri Tigers own the league's No. 12-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 113 yards per game when on the road. Alabama, on the other hand, rates No. 30 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out, Arkansas could not slow down Bud Sasser, who managed 127 receiving yards in the Tigers 21-14 victory over the Razorbacks Friday.

Blake Sims led the way last time out for the Crimson Tide, connecting for 312 passing yards and a 55-44 victory over the Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Missouri Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Odds Trends

Missouri is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Missouri is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Missouri's last 10 games
Alabama is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games