When Tennessee won the 1998 national championship it would have been impossible to fathom their impending collapse. But for the trained football person there was plenty to worry about. Tennessee was not recruiting at an elite College football betting level. While the rest of the SEC was rapidly improving. National championship coach Phillip Fulmer was fired after the 2008 season. He was given every chance and then some to right the ship. Since that 1998 title Big Orange has a lost generation. Current coach Jeremy Pruitt was showing hints of turning the program around. But Saturday’s 34-7 home loss to Kentucky was one of the worst in Tennessee history and has shattered faith.
Alabama Crimson Tide at Tennessee Volunteers
When: Saturday, October 24, 2020, 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee
Bookmaker Odds: Alabama Crimson Tide -20 at Tennessee Volunteers +20, Over Under 61
Alabama Crimson Tide at Tennessee Volunteers Bookmaker Wagering Analysis
On this occasion Tennessee will be a difficult CFB betting sell. Getting destroyed at home by Kentucky scares the masses away. By contrast Alabama owns the public like never before. Squares don’t see a price that is too high on the Bama and even sharps are hesitant to step into the Tide.
Alabama Crimson Tide Team Overview
Alabama is coming off a 41-24 home win over Georgia as 6-point favorites as the game went over the CFB odds total of 56. Alabama trailed 24-20 at halftime but took control of the game in the second half. The Crimson Tide now stands at 4-0 straight up, 2-2 against the spread with four overs. Alabama ranks second nationally for scoring offense and 37th for points allowed.
Tennessee Volunteers Team Overview
Last week Tennessee lost at home to Kentucky 34-7 as 6.5-point chalk as the game went under 44.5. Tennessee is 2-2 straight up, 1-2-1 against the spread, and 2-2 on totals. The Volunteers rank 59th for scoring offense and 39th for points allowed. Tennessee’s biggest problem is the play of quarterback Jarrett Guarantano. To illustrate he threw two interceptions with a pick six against Kentucky. He was so bad that he was pulled from the game. However, Tennessee discovered that there’s no better alternatives available. Third year coach Jeremy Pruitt is yet to find a program changing quarterback.
Alabama Crimson Tide at Tennessee Volunteers Against the Spread
In their last 31 games the Crimson Tide is 16-15 against the spread. Alabama has gone over in seven of their last 10 away games. Alabama has stayed under the total in just 11 of their last 31 matchups.
Overall Tennessee has covered just 13 of their last 27 games. But in SEC games the Volunteers are 10-8-1 on the board. The Vols have paid in just seven of their last 16 home games. And as dogs Tennessee is 9-8 vs. the line. Tennessee is 8-11 under the total in SEC matchups and 7-10 under the total as dogs.
In this historic SEC rivalry Alabama dominates against Tennessee. To show the Crimson Tide have lost only four of their last 16 games against the spread to Big Orange. And then five of the last seven games between these two teams cleared the total. At Neyland Stadium the Crimson Tide has eight covers in their last nine visits. Over the total has paid in the last five meetings between these teams at Tennessee.
Alabama Crimson Tide at Tennessee Volunteers Bookmaker Free Pick
As mentioned earlier Alabama bosses the cashier’s cage in this series. Tennessee is undependable at Neyland Stadium. Finally, Bama quarterback Mac Jones will be the best player on the field.
Crimson Tide at Volunteers Bookmaker Best Bet: Alabama Crimson Tide
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