Alabama vs. Texas A&M: Odds in Favor of the Crimson Tide
The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide are laying more than two touchdowns at home on Saturday as they host the 6th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies in an SEC showdown on CBS. The Aggies come into this game featuring an offense that is scoring 40 points per game but the Tide have been even better, averaging 45 points per contest. The difference is the defense as the Tide are allowing just 15 points per game which is 8th in the country. Let’s look at the matchup and free college football picks.
College Football Betting Odds at Sports Betting Sites USA
Alabama Odds in Favor of the Crimson Tide -16.5, total 58.5
Aggies vs. Crimson Tide
The Aggies look to be the only team that can challenge Alabama in the SEC but the oddsmakers sure don’t think so as the Crimson Tide are laying more than two touchdowns. The Aggies can score as quarterback Trevor Knight is playing well and he has some weapons at receiver in Christian Kirk and Josh Reynolds and good running backs in Trayveon Williams and Keith Ford.
A&M is not at the level of Alabama on defense but they are pretty good led by defensive end Myles Garrett.
Alabama has been excellent on offense this season led by quarterback Jalen Hurts who can run it and throw it effectively. He had 132 yards on just 12 rushes and three touchdowns against Tennessee. The Crimson Tide are loaded on defense but this will be a good test for their secondary on Saturday. The key will be how well pass rushers Tim Williams and Jonathan Allen do to get pressure on Knight.
Another key will be how well the Crimson Tide handles the Aggies running attack. Alabama has the top rushing defense in the SEC as they are allowing just 64 yards per game on the ground. You can make a strong case that this front seven under head coach Nick Saban is the most athletic he has ever had.
College Football Odds
The Tide has covered in their last two meetings with the Aggies with two out of the last three going over the total. Alabama beat Texas A&M 59-0 in the last meeting at Bryant Denny Stadium.
Texas A&M has not covered the spread in nine out of their last fourteen away games with six out of their last seven road games going under the total. The Aggies have lost nine out of their last 13 games against the spread as a an underdog with five of the last seven as dogs going under the total at top sportsbooks.
Alabama has covered the spread in 10 out of their last 14 games as a favorite with five of the last eight going over. The Tide has covered four out of their last five games as a home favorite.
Free College Football Pick
I will lay the points at sports betting sites and take the Crimson Tide and also play the game over the total.