Alabama at Tennessee - 10/25/14 CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction
Alabama Crimson Tide (6-1) at Tennessee Volunteers (3-4)
College Football: Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Neyland Stadium)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers +17.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5 See the Latest Odds
The Alabama Crimson Tide head to Neyland Stadium to take on the Tennessee Volunteers.
The Alabama Crimson Tide will play their third road game of the season and look to stay in the playoff hunt with a win. Alabama is still a defensive minded team first that’s allowed 13.1 points, 262.1 yards, and has forced nine turnovers and 19 sacks. Alabama has won 29 straight regular season games when holding a team to 21 or less points. Landon Collins leads Alabama with 49 tackles and Xzavier Dickson has eight tackles for loss. Offensively, Blake Sims has really improved, as he’s completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. In his last two games, Sims has six total touchdowns and zero interceptions. Amari Cooper has 62 of Alabama’s 143 receptions, and he leads the Tide with 908 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Alabama has won all five games this season when Cooper tops 100 yards. The Alabama Crimson Tide ground game is averaging 5.2 yards per carry, and T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry have combined for more than 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns.
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The Tennessee Volunteers are still looking for their first confrence victory. In order to pull off the upset, the Vols will have to figure out their quarterback situation, as Justin Worley is dealing with a shoulder injury. Worley is listed as probable, but if he can’t go, it’d be a decision between two youngsters in Nathan Peterman and Joshua Dobbs. Regardless of who starts, Tennessee will likely rely heavily on running back Jalen Hurd, who leads the Vols with 414 yards and two touchdowns. On the outside, the Volunteers are led by Marquez North and Pig Howard, who have combined for more than 500 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Tennessee will have to play keep away if it has any chance of beating Alabama. Defensively, the Tennessee Volunteers are allowing 21.3 points, 325.9 yards, and they’ve forced 14 turnovers and 18 sacks. A.J. Johnson leads Tennessee with 78 tackles and Derek Barnett has 9.5 tackles for loss.
The Crimson Tide are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games in October and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Volunteers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games in October and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 conference games. The Crimson Tide are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Tennessee.
Remember the last two times Alabama went on the road? The Tide lost to Ole Miss and probably should have lost to Arkansas. Tennessee is coming closer and closer to getting its key win and will be playing with something extra seeing Lane Kiffin on the other sideline. Not saying the Vols win here, but I'll gladly take the free three scores.