Western Kentucky at Alabama - 9/10/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
WKU Hilltoppers (1-0) at Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Bryant-Denny Stadium)
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -24 -- Over/Under: 58 See the Latest Odds
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Alabama Crimson Tide clash Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium on ESPN2.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look for another nice victory after beating up on Rice opening week. Mike White is completing 80.6 percent of his passes for 517 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. White has five touchdown passes in his last four games. Taywan Taylor and Nicholas Norris have combined for 212 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Lucky Jackson has one reception. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ground game is averaging 97 yards per contest, and Anthony Wales leads the way with 58 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, WKU is allowing 14 points and 291 yards per game. T.J. McCollum leads the Hilltoppers with 12 tackles, Omarius Bryant has 1.5 tackles for loss and De'Andre Simmons has one interception.
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The Alabama Crimson Tide hope to avoid a letdown after wiping the floor with USC. Jalen Hurts is completing 54.5 percent of his passes for 118 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Hurts enters this game with 11 career pass attempts under his belt. ArDarius Stewart and Gehrig Dieter have combined for 158 receiving yards and three touchdowns while O.J. Howard has three receptions. The Alabama Crimson Tide ground game is averaging 242 yards per contest, and Damien Harris leads the way with 138 yards on nine carries. Defensively, Alabama is allowing six points and 194 yards per game. Anthony Averett leads the Crimson Tide with eight tackles, Jonathan Allen has two sacks and Marlon Humphrey has one interception.
The Hilltoppers are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games on grass and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Crimson Tide are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Even with Alabama having a quick turnaround, this is going to be your typical Bama blowout. WKU doesn't have anything on either side of the ball to hang with the Crimson Tide. So, instead of playing around with a possible backdoor cover, I'm taking the over. Alabama will get close to this total by itself and WKU is going to get a cheap score near the end. The over is 20-8-1 in WKU's last 29 games.
Lots of lopsided points in this one.