Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0) vs. Florida Gators (2-0)
September 18, 2021 3:30 pm EDT
The Line: Florida Gators +15 / Alabama Crimson Tide -15; Over/Under: 56.5
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The Florida Gators meet the Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday in week 3 college football action at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Alabama Crimson Tide look for another win after beating Miami and Mercer. The Florida Gators look for another win after beating FAU and South Florida.
The Alabama Crimson Tide look to start 3-0 for the sixth straight season. Bryce Young is completing 70.8 percent of his passes for 571 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. Jameson Williams and John Metchie III have combined for 303 receiving yards and three touchdowns while JoJo Earle has nine receptions. The Alabama Crimson Tide ground game is averaging 152.5 yards per contest, and Brian Robinson Jr. leads the way with 130 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Alabama is allowing 13.5 points and 241 yards per game. Henry To’oTo’o leads the Alabama Crimson Tide with 13 tackles, Phidarian Mathis has two sacks and Marcus Banks has one interception.
The Florida Gators look for their second 3-0 start in the last three years. Emory Jones is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 264 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Jacob Copeland and Xzavier Henderson have combined for 258 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Rick Wells has six receptions. The Florida Gators ground game is averaging 381.5 yards per contest, and Anthony Richardson leads the way with 275 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Florida is allowing 17 points and 325 yards per game. Jeremiah Moon leads the Florida Gators with 11 tackles, Zachary Carter has three sacks and Kaiir Elam has one interception.
The Crimson Tide are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Gators are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Crimson Tide last 5 games on grass. The over is 4-1 in Gators last 5 games overall. The Crimson Tide are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are a well oiled machine that’s tough to bet against. However, while these teams have different players at key positions, we did just see Florida take Alabama down to the wire back in December. Florida has been impressive on the offensive end through two games and has a dual threat quarterback, the type that’s given Nick Saban defenses issues in the past. In fact, Florida is first in the country in rushing yards per game. This is also just the 16th time since 1998 where Florida has been a double-digit underdog. I expect this game to be competitive. Give me the points.