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Alabama Looks to Extend Win Streak Against Fading Volunteers

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The Alabama Crimson Tide look to extend their straight-up win streak on home turf to 17 games on Saturday when they take on the Tennessee Volunteers in a Week 8 college football matchup at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Undefeated Alabama improved to 7-0 with last week’s 41-9 rout of Arkansas as 37-point chalk while Tennessee fell to 3-3 with a 15-9 loss to South Carolina as 2-point home chalk.

Shark Bites
  • Tennessee is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games against Alabama.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of Tennessee’s last five games against Alabama.
  • Alabama is 1-5 ATS in its last six games at home after winning its most recent home game.

With last week’s win, the Crimson Tide improved to 31-1 SU at home since the start of the 2013 season. But Alabama has produced mixed results at the sportsbooks, covering just once in its past six overall on home turf, and is a dismal 2-10 ATS in its past 12 at home while favored by 30 or more points.

The Volunteers’ offensive struggles continued with last weekend’s loss to the Gamecocks. Tennessee has averaged just 7.3 points per game over its past three, contributing to a 4-0 run for the UNDER in totals betting. The Volunteers have also lost four straight road games, and have been shaky performers at the sportsbooks, going 1-5 ATS this season.

Alabama has taken 10 straight from the Volunteers, and is unbeaten in six home meetings between these SEC rivals. Tennessee has covered in two of its past three dates with Alabama, however, and has held the Tide to 19 or fewer points in two of its past four trips to Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans going with the Alabama Crimson Tide in this game found them listed as 33-point favorites on the betting odds menu at 5Dimes earlier in the week.

A 53-17 result in favor of the Crimson Tide was the prediction by the OddsShark handicapping pick engine earlier this week. Check the picks page or matchup report during the week as factors may cause that prediction to be re-run. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Tennessee Volunteers vs Alabama Crimson Tide Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tennessee Volunteers will try to spoil the party on Saturday; they are 1-5 against the spread this season, while the Alabama Crimson Tide are 3-4 ATS. Tennessee is 1-5 on the OVER/UNDER betting totals; Alabama is 3-4. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Alabama vs Tennessee injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 1 (Alabama Crimson Tide) and the No. 45 (Tennessee Volunteers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA football Power Rankings at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Alabama Crimson Tide's No. 9-ranked offense (42.71 PPG) against a Tennessee Volunteers defense that ranks No. 53 at 23.83 PPG. The Alabama passing attack has averaged 182.29 yards per game, more than the Volunteers give up through the air (129.17 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Volunteers own the league's No. 129-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 351.5 yards per game when on the road. Alabama, on the other hand, rates No. 9 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, the Volunteers were Week 7 losers coming out on the wrong end of a 15-9 score against South Carolina.

In their last game, Alabama got a 125-yard performance from Damien Harris as a key part of its 41-9 win over Arkansas.

Betting Trends
  • Tennessee is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Tennessee is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
  • Tennessee is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Tennessee is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Alabama is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Alabama is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tennessee at Kentucky, Saturday, October 28
Alabama home to LSU, Saturday, November 4

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