College Football Week 12 Betting Preview: Alabama vs. Mercer

Posted by Derrick Harper on November 15, 2017 in

The top College Football team in the country goes out of conference on Saturday and takes on a hapless Mercer team. The Alabama Crimson Tide, who have been atop the Associated Press poll, is now atop the College Football Playoff poll. The Crimson Tide are 10-0 on the season and played just 2 games within single digits this season, which is why they are huge favorites at the College Football Week 12 Betting Odds.

The opponent for the Crimson Tide is the Mercer Bears. The Bears are 5-5 on the season and compete out of the Southern Conference. The Bears are coming into the game fresh off a thrilling 35-33 win over West Carolina. That snapped a two-game losing streak, as Furman and Samford beat them. Alabama is -34.5 over Mercer in this game.

College Football Week 12 Betting Preview: Alabama vs. Mercer

  • When: Saturday November 18, 2017; 11:00am CT
  • Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium; Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Radio: 96.5 FM (Mercer) / 102.9 FM (Alabama)
  • Live StreamSEC Network
  • College Football Week 12 Betting Odds: Alabama -34.5 (Over/Under at 48.5)

Weather Forecast

  • Chance of Rain: 18°C/65°F
  • Humidity: 68%
  • Precipitation: 33%
  • Cloud Cover: 88%
  • Wind: 17 mph WSW
  • Stadium Type: Open

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Why Bet on the Crimson Tide?

Betting on the Alabama Crimson Tide is a pretty good bet because they are really good, and Mercer is not very good at all. The Crimson Tide beat Florida State, Fresno State and Colorado State by an average of 22 points in the non-conference slate. The Crimson Tide then won SEC games by 59 and 63 to get themselves going.

Last week, Nick Saban and his crew were challenged, but Mississippi State came up short. The Crimson Tide are led by quarterback Jalen Hurts, with 1,648 passing yards and 11 touchdowns. Calvin Ridley will need 2,45 yards in the final few games to reach 1,000 via the air this season. The Crimson Tide are 1st in College Football allowing 11.2 points per game.

Why Bet on the Mercer Bears?

Well – if nothing else – maybe the Mercer Bears will catch Alabama looking ahead. Keep in mind that the Crimson Tide are coming off a thrilling win in the final minute, and have the Auburn Tigers up next. That’s a Top 10 battle. If you are looking for parts of the Bears that will compete with the Crimson Tide, you’ve come to the wrong place.

Mercer comes in as the College Football Week 12 Betting Odds underdog.

The Bears are scoring 27 points per game and allowing 20.4 per game. Plus, they are winning the turnover battle this season, as they have caused 14 fumbles lost, and only lost 6 of their own. The Bears are 25 of 34 scoring touchdowns in the end zone, and just twice this season have they not come away with points in the red zone.

Latest College Football Week 12 Betting Trends

  • Alabama is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Alabama’s last 16 games at home
  • Alabama is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Expert Pick and Score Prediction

These games are hard to come up with a winner against the spread. Keep in mind – Alabama wants to win the game, and get the heck out of there. The Crimson Tide just need a win. Nick Saban has never really been a head coach that needs to run up the score. A win is a win.

In saying that though – the Crimson Tide defense is really good. They should be able to swallow up the Bears offense. It would be a surprise if the Bears got into the end zone. A couple field goals are all Mercer can muster. Look for Alabama to score 45+.

The final bet for this game is the Alabama Crimson Tide -34.5 over Mercer.