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Alabama Visits Penn State: NCAA Preview

Alabama visits Penn State on Saturday looking to duplicate its 2010 rout of the Nittany Lions and favored by double difits to do just that.

The Tide arrives at Beaver Stadium favored by 10 points at most online sportsbooks, although Bovada was offering a half point better for Penn State backers (+10.5) on Friday.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron gets his first road start and the somewhat shaky QB situation at PSU is likely to force them to run the ball against a very tough Tide defense. If PSU can't move the ball, while chewing up clock, the UNDER 43.5 is something to consider.

About 56% of OddsShark.com voters and bettors are backing the Tide to cover the Alabama Penn State spread.

View Alabama vs Penn State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Sportsbooks had the Nittany Lions pegged as 10-point underdogs in this matchup. The total, meanwhile, was listed by the books at 43.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 14-rated Crimson Tide taking on the No. 12-rated Nittany Lions in this contest.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits the Penn State's #34-ranked offense, averaging 41 PPG, against a Crimson Tide defensive that ranks #13 this week at 7 PPG. The Nittany Lions aerial game is averaging 114 yards per game, more than the Crimson Tide secondary allows through the air, 99 YPG per game.

In their last action, Alabama was a 48-7 winner at home against Kent State. They covered the 39–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (55) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

Penn State was a 41-7 winner in their most recent outing at home against Indiana State. There was no line on the game due to the fact a non-board team was involved.

Alabama Crimson Tide Trends:
When playing in September are 10-0
When playing on grass are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing outside the conference are 10-0

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing in September are 8-2
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing outside the conference are 8-2


A few Crimson Tide at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Alabama is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
Alabama is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Alabama is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Penn State is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home
Penn State is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
Penn State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Penn State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games

Next up:
Alabama home to North Texas, Saturday, September 17
Penn State at Temple, Saturday, September 17