Tennessee at Alabama - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Tennessee Volunteers (3-3) at Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0)

College Football: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Bryant-Denny Stadium)

The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -36 -- Over/Under: 50.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Tennessee Volunteers and Alabama Crimson Tide meet Saturday in college football action at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Tennessee Volunteers would love a monster upset win here to get a game above a .500 record. The Tennessee Volunteers have lost four straight road games. Quinten Dormady is completing 55.5 percent of his passes for 925 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions. Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano have combined for seven touchdowns and six interceptions this season. Brandon Johnson and John Kelly have combined for 509 receiving yards and one touchdown while Marquez Callaway has 12 receptions. The Tennessee Volunteers ground game is averaging 134.6 yards per contest, and Kelly leads the way with 552 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Tennessee is allowing 23.8 points and 372 yards per game. Daniel Bituli leads the Tennessee Volunteers with 48 tackles, Colton Jumper has 4.5 sacks and Justin Martin one interception. 

The Alabama Crimson Tide look to improve to 8-0 to remain in the CFB playoff conversation. The Alabama Crimson Tide haven’t lost a home game since September of 2015. Jalen Hurts is completing 63.1 percent of his passes for 1,025 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. Hurts has at least one touchdown pass in 13 of his last 16 games. Calvin Ridley and Jerry Jeudy have combined for 601 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Cam Sims has eight receptions. The Alabama Crimson Tide ground game is averaging 302.5 yards per contest, and Damien Harris leads the way with 625 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Alabama is allowing 10.1 points and 254.3 yards per game. Ronnie Harrison leads the Alabama Crimson Tide with 41 tackles, Raekwon Davis has 4.5 sacks and Levi Wallace has three interceptions.

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The Volunteers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 conference games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Crimson Tide are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 conference games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on grass. The Volunteers are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 meetings in Alabama, 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

This has lookahead written all over it for Alabama, as the clash with LSU is on deck. This could be a game where the Tide get their 17 point win and move on. However, Tennessee is a depressed football team that has a head coach who is bound to be fired and an offense that has produced a combined nine points in its last two games. There's just not a lot of motivation left for this squad. The Vols can't move the football against Georgia or South Carolina, so you can only imagine what's going to happen on the road against Alabama. Usually I make a case against the Tide and take the truckload of points. I just can't do it here.

See Who The Experts Picked To Win This One

Randy’s Pick Alabama Crimson Tide -36

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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