Alabama vs. Mercer - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mercer Bears (0-1) at Alabama Crimson Tide (10-0)
College Football: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Bryant-Denny Stadium)
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some non-conference action on the gridiron as the Mercer Bears take on the Alabama Crimson Tide from Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday afternoon.
The Mercer Bears will look to pull off a massive upset when they head to Tuscaloosa to take on the Tide after improve to 5-5 on the year with a 35-33 win over Western Carolina in their last outing. Kaelan Riley and Tanner Brumby combined to throw for 127 yards and a touchdown on 10 of 16 passing, while the Bears as a team rushed for 227 yards and 4 touchdowns on 52 carries. Tee Mitchell led the team with 120 rushing yards and a touchdown with his 26 carries, while Alex Lakes put up 87 yards and a pair of scores on 20 carries and the aforementioned Riley chilled in 16 yards and a TD of his own with his 4 handles. Marquise Irvin led the Bears with 35 receiving yards while Sam Walker caught a team-high 3 passes and Chris Ellington added the team’s lone receiving TD in the win. Lee Bennett added an interception as the Mercer defense gave up 507 yards of total and a 9 for 14 mark on 3rd down in the win.
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The Alabama Crimson Tide will try to add another win to their resume after coming from behind to take down Mississippi State in their last outing by a final score of 31-24 to remain unbeaten at 10-0 this season. Jalen Hurts threw for 242 yards and a touchdown on 10 of 19 passing, while also adding a rushing TD on 19 carries for 40 yards. Damien Harris rushed for a team-high 93 yards and a touchdown on 8 carries, while Josh Jacobs added a rushing score of his own with 36 yards on 6 carries. Calvin Ridley far and away led Bama’s receiving corps with 5 catches for 171 yards, while Devonta Smith’s lone reception ended up as the game-winning 26-yard catch and run TD. Defensively, a Rashaan Evans sack was the lone individual highlight as the Tide allowed 330 yards of total offense and an 8 for 15 mark on 3rd down to Mississippi State in the win.
Alabama is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games and 2-4 ATS in their last 6 home games while the under is 11-5 in their last 16 home games.
Normally I’d be concerned about a letdown after Alabama had to come back against Mississippi State and with the Tide possibly looking ahead to a date with Auburn next weekend to determine a spot in the SEC championship. However, Bama just looks focused right now, and should be able to light up Mercer and get ready for their meeting with Auburn next weekend. But before I make my final pick, I need to see a line, so please check back when a line is released for your free pick.