The defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide were completely dominant in their season opener, crushing the USC Trojans 52-6. The offense took a little bit of time to get rolling, but the defense was excellent from start to finish, holding USC to just six points and 194 total yards. Alabama now returns home, where it is just 2-5 ATS in its last seven games.
Western Kentucky has been a consistent money-maker for its backers over the last few seasons, compiling a record of 18-2 SU and 13-6-1 ATS over its last 20 games. The Hilltoppers enter this game with a 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS record over their last seven games. This team averaged 44.3 points per game last season.
Since 2011, the Hilltoppers are 5-2-1 ATS in seven games against SEC opponents with three outright wins. Alabama's stingy defense hasn't given Western Kentucky much room to work with in recent meetings however as the Crimson Tide beat the Hilltoppers 35-0 in 2012 and 41-7 in 2008. Both Jalen Hurts and Blake Barnett will likely see playing time on Saturday as Alabama continues to iron out its quarterback pecking order.
Sportsbook Odds & Computer Pick
Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the $WKU Hilltoppers listed as 24-point underdogs earlier this week at Sportsbook. Meanwhile, the over under betting line was unavailable earlier in the week, but posted shortly at Sportsbook.
Odds Shark prediction models pick the Crimson Tide to win this game on Saturday 45-32. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Alabama Crimson Tide currently sport a record of 1-0, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 1-0 ATS. The WKU Hilltoppers are 1-0 and 1-0 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Alabama Crimson Tide post a 1-0 over under record this season, while the WKU Hilltoppers have gone 0-1 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Alabama vs WKU injuries news.
According to the Power Rankings here at Odds Shark it's the No. 1-rated Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 4-rated WKU Hilltoppers in this matchup.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Mike White's 517-yard performance through the air was enough last time out, as WKU earned a 46-14 win over Rice on Thursday at L.T. Smith Stadium.
Damien Harris tore up the turf for 138 rushing yards in the latest Crimson Tide game, a 52-6 win over the Trojans at AT&T Stadium.
Next Betting Matchups
WKU at Miami-OH, Saturday, September 17th
Alabama at Ole Miss, Saturday, September 17th