NCAAF Betting: Alabama Vs Tennessee Betting Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on October 23, 2020 in

The Alabama Crimson Tide will be in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday to meet the Tennessee Volunteers in Neyland Stadium in an SEC battle. The Crimson Tide is 4-0 and playing at a high level. That said, let’s have a look at both teams and how they each arrive to this matchup so you can make your bets against their NCAAF odds.

Alabama Crimson Tide at Tennessee Volunteers Preview

The No. 2-ranked Tide have been dominant in their four victories this season. Alabama showed their dominance in their 41-24 victory over the then-No. 3-ranked Georgia Bulldogs last week.

Tennessee enters this contest at 2-2 and is coming off an embarrassing loss to Kentucky at home last Saturday.

Alabama’s offense has been a machine this season. Led by quarterback Mac Jones, the offense has been putting up huge numbers.

Running back Najee Harris has been a force, and wide receivers Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith are continuing the trend of Alabama having dominant pass-catchers.

The Alabama offense is averaging over 550 yards per game. Jones is averaging 393 passing yards per game, and the Tide are gaining over 168 yards per game on the ground. With a bulldozing offensive line, teams can’t figure out a way to stop this powerful offense.

Defensively, Alabama isn’t as dominant as it has been over the past few years. The Tide are giving up over 28 points per game while allowing their opponents to gain an average of 458 yards per game. Nick Saban has been disappointed in his team’s defensive performance this season and has challenged his defense to step things up.

In what looked like a promising season for Tennessee, things have now gone in the opposite direction. Coming off back-to-back losses, including a 34-7 setback to Kentucky last week, Jeremy Pruitt’s squad has some big questions to answer.

Tennessee’s quarterback play has been bad. Senior signal-caller Jarrett Guarantano has struggled.

The Volunteers are averaging just over 190 passing yards per game, as the offense has put up less than 300 yards in the last two games. Tennessee’s rushing offense has been a tad better than the aerial game, as it is averaging 134 yards on the ground per game.

But, last weekend, Tennessee finished with minus-1 rushing yard against the Wildcats.

Defensively, Tennessee has been holding its own. The Vols have a strong defensive line, and the secondary is second in the SEC in yards allowed through the air. They’re giving up just over 29 points and 362 yards of offense per contest.

Tennessee kept it close last year until a late fumble was returned for an Alabama touchdown. The Vols will be looking to make up for that mistake.

Alabama’s defense is soft, and if Guarantano can take care of the football, the Volunteers offense should be able to put up some points. Tennessee knows that it is better than how it played last week, and the Vols want to redeem themselves.

As for Alabama, the Tide knows that they will be able to put up points against Tennessee’s defense. If Jones limits turnovers, the Tide will be too strong on the offensive side of the ball.

We see this one being a little closer than the experts think. Tennessee will bounce back and play Alabama tough, but it still won’t be able to stop the Tide from staying undefeated.