Michigan vs. Alabama Picks and Odds 2020 Citrus Bowl Betting
The best sportsbooks for US players favor the Alabama Crimson Tide by 7.5 points over the Michigan Wolverines, as the spread goes for the 2020 Citrus Bowl on January 1, with kickoff scheduled for 1:00 p.m., at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
Michigan vs. Alabama 2020 Citrus Bowl Odds by MyBookie.ag
|Michigan||+7½ (-110)||58 (-110)||+245|
|Alabama||-7½ (-110)||58 (-110)||-290|
Betting Michigan Wolverines
After finishing the regular season 9-3 (6-3 in conference play), the Wolverines were selected to their sixth Citrus Bowl appearance. This will be UM’s 48th bowl game appearance, the 11th highest total all-time among FBS schools. Michigan also went 7-5 ATS, according to the best online sportsbooks. Senior starting QB Shea Patterson is 197 of 344 (57.3%) for 2,828 yards with 22 TDs, six picks, and 22 sacks. Wide receiver Ronnie Bell has 43 receptions for 694 yards and one TD. Running back Zack Charbonnet has rushed for 642 yards and 11 TDs on 136 carries. The Wolvies rank 69th in total offense with 402.1 yards per game. UM’s scoring offense is tied for 33rd with 33.0 points per game.
Linebacker Josh Uche has 8.5 sacks, fellow LB Khaleke Hudson has 97 tackles, and defensive back Lavert Hill has three interceptions. Michigan has the 7th-best total defense in the country (292.8 ypg) and the 5th-best pass defense (173.8 ypg). Michigan’s 19th-ranked scoring defense (19.5 ppg) had held opponents to 14 or fewer points in four straight games. Before conceding 56 to Ohio State in their regular-season closer.
The Wolverines are 4-1 ATS in their last five games on fieldturf.4-1 ATS playing a team with a winning record. And 2-5 ATS in their last seven games after an ATS loss. All according to the best sportsbooks for USA players.
Until the blowout loss to the Buckeyes, the Wolverines had steadily improved as the season went on. If Michigan can put together another good offensive production against Alabama, that would create a good atmosphere going into the offseason. Additionally, a win would end a three-game bowl losing streak and get UM to 10 wins for the fourth time in five seasons with Coach Harbaugh.
Betting Alabama Crimson Tide
After finishing the regular season 10-2 (6-2 in conference play), the Tide were selected to their third Citrus Bowl appearance. Alabama also went 6-6 ATS, per the best sportsbooks for US players. Starting QB Mac Jones is 81 of 116 (69.8%) for 1,176 yards with 11 TDs, three picks, and two sacks. Wide receiver DeVonta Smith has 65 catches for 1,200 yards and 13 TDs. ‘Bama has the third-best passing offense in the country, averaging 343.5 yards per game. Running back Najee Harris has 1088 yards and 11 TDs on 185 carries. The Tide gains 513.3 total yards per game, which ranks them 6th in the NCAA. Alabama scores 48.3 points per game, second only to LSU.
Linebacker Anfernee Jennings has 7.5 sacks, and defensive backs Xavier McKinney and Jared Mayden have 85 tackles and four interceptions respectively. The Tide ranks 16th in total defense (318.6 ypg) and 9th in pass defense (183.4 ypg). Alabama’s 15th-ranking scoring defense (18.8 ppg) has held opponents to single digits in three of their last five games.
The Crimson Tide are 4-0 ATS in their last four games after an ATS loss. 6-1 ATS in their last seven games on FieldTurf. And 6-1 ATS in their last seven playing Big Ten schools.
“Cornerback Trevon Diggs and outside linebacker Terrell Lewis both decided not to participate in the non-College Football Playoff postseason game. In their place, sophomore Josh Jobe is expected to make his second start of the season at cornerback, while redshirt sophomore Christopher Allen is slated to make his first-ever start at outside linebacker,” reports AL.com.
Michigan vs. Alabama 2020 Citrus Bowl Pick
Winning the Citrus Bowl would be a way for ‘Bama to salvage what is, for their standards, a disappointing season. Thus, I trust them to make a statement by winning and covering.