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Alabama vs. Colorado State - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado State Rams (2-1) at Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Bryant-Denny Stadium)

The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -28 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Colorado State Rams will look to upset the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide in week 3 college football action from Tuscaloosa on Saturday evening.

The Colorado State Rams will look to build on their 38-10 win over Abilene Christian that improved their record to 2-1 this season. Nick Stevens completed 25 of 40 pass attempts for 337 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception. Izzy Matthews led the Rams with 89 yards on 12 carries and 3 receptions for 34 yards and a receiving touchdown, while Dalyn Dawkins racked up 73 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Marvin Kinsey Jr. added a rushing touchdown of his own in the win. Michael Gallup led the Rams' receiving corps, hauling in 10 receptions for 103 yards and a TD while Olabisi Johnson added 83 receiving yards and Dietrich Clark contributed 6 catches and a touchdown. Defensively, a pair of interceptions from Jamal Hicks and a sack from Trey Sutton highlighted a defensive outing that saw the Rams hold Abilene to 333 yards of total offense and 5 for 16 on 3rd down.

Alabama vs. Colorado State - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The #1 Alabama Crimson Tide will look to remain unbeaten at the top of the top-25 rankings after a 41-10 victory over Fresno State improved their record to 2-0 this season. Jalen Hurts racked up 128 yards and a touchdown on 14 of 18 passing while also leading 'Bama's ground attack, rushing for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. Najee Harris racked up 70 yards on 13 carries while Damien Harris added a rushing score of his own. Calvin Ridley led the Tide with 5 catches for 45 yards, while Hale Hentges and Henry Ruggs III each hauled in a touchdown with their lone reception. Defensively, the Tide held Fresno State to just 274 yards of total offense with Anthony Averett picking off FSU quarterback Chason Virgil and Johnny Dwight logging a sack in the win.

Colorado State is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record and 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 non-conference games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Alabama is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 home games.

Alabama deservedly is the top team in the country, but I backed Bama last week only to have them take their foot off of the gas when they were up comfortably against Fresno State. This is a dangerously balanced Rams team that's hung up 58 points on Oregon State and held Colorado to just 17 points in defeat. I think Alabama wins this game, but their heavily reliance on the run may allow the Rams to hang around so I'll take the boatload of points and Colorado State here.

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