NCAAF Betting: Alabama Crimson Tide vs Texas A&M Aggies Betting Preview
Since a close call at Florida where the Crimson Tide escaped with a 31-29 victory after taking a 21-3 first-quarter lead, Alabama has been looking more like the defending national champions that they are, even if their offense isn’t quite as potent as it was in 2020. Texas A&M began the season ranked sixth in the polls and was widely considered to be a serious contender to topple Alabama from their perch atop the SEC.
Instead, the Aggies have had quarterback issues, and without a consistent offense, they’ve dropped two consecutive conference contests and host Alabama Saturday
night to snap the two-game skid. Without a reliable offensive attack, a defense that returned almost every starter from a formidable 2020 unit is also beginning to show signs of strain. Check out our NCAAF Betting analysis for the upcoming game between Crimson Tide vs Texas A&M.
NCAA Football – Crimson Tide vs Texas A&M Preview
Alabama Betting Preview
Top-ranked Alabama was dominant in their 42-21 beat down of 12th ranked Ole Miss last week, taking a 42-7 lead five minutes into the fourth quarter before taking their foot off the gas and allowing a pair of late scores that accounted for the final margin of victory. The Tide is averaging almost 46 points a game, which is the third-best total in the nation.
Quarterback Bryce Young has effectively stepped in for departed Mac Jones, completing 73% of his passes with 17 touchdowns and only a pair of interceptions.
Defensively, head coach Nick Saban’s team is allowing 285 total yards a game that puts them in the top 20 in the nation in the total defense category.
Texas A&M Betting Preview
The Aggies have put up almost identical numbers in their 20-10 loss to Arkansas and the 26-22 defeat by Mississippi State. Texas A&M has averaged 285 total yards on offense and while allowing 443 yards a game over the course of that pair of losses, with the final scores not necessarily indicative of how they badly were outplayed by their opponents.
Many of the problems are related to the hole created at quarterback by the departure of Kellen Mond and the subsequent leg injury sustained by his replacement Haynes King early in a 10-7 win over Colorado in Week 2. Zach Calzada is completing less than 54% of his passes and has thrown four interceptions to go along with his five touchdowns, putting pressure on the running game and allowing defenses to crowd the line of scrimmage.
Although King appears to be progressing in his recovery, it’s unlikely that he will play against Alabama, so for now, the Aggies are going to have to find a way to generate offense against a very challenging schedule. The Aggies have been able to keep the last two games close, but it’s doubtful they will be able to do continue that trend without more offensive firepower.
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Betting Pick and Prediction
Alabama sent a clear message to the rest of the SEC and the nation as a whole that they aren’t yet ready to relinquish their national championship trophy with their impressive win over Ole Miss. If they can hold a team averaging over 600 yards a game to seven points through three quarters and less than 300 yards for the entire game, Texas A&M will be challenged to move the ball consistently against the Tide.
- Alabama 34 Texas A&M 13: Take Alabama and give the points.