Alabama faces another rival in the SEC when Tennessee travels to Tuscaloosa. Every team in the SEC considers Alabama one of its biggest rivals. The college football week 8 betting odds have home-town Crimson Tide as huge 16-point favorites to beat the Vols.
For Alabama, the game against Tennessee can help it solidify its position in the Top 10. Alabama is biding its time until a Nov. 7 matchup against LSU. If both teams continue to win, it could be a matchup between Top 5 teams on Nov. 7. Alabama has to be careful of this trap game versus a young, hungry, tough Tennessee team at home this Saturday.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Tennessee Vols Vs No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Week 8 Betting Line
What: Tennessee Volunteers (3-3) at No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide (6-1)
When: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Kickoff: 3:30 PM ET
Where: Tuscaloosa, AL
Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium
Weather: 75° F | Scattered Clouds
Spread: Alabama -16
Moneyline: Tennessee +525 vs Alabama -750
Game Total: 56
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Tennessee vs Alabama
Why Bet On Tennessee to Beat #8 Alabama (-16)
The Vols had a bye week to prepare for Bama.
There are a lot of reasons why Tennessee’s 38 to 31 win over Georgia in its last was so important to the program. Tennessee hasn’t been a solid football program in a while. Georgia went into Tennessee after getting destroyed by Alabama at home.
The Bulldogs had every right for a bounce back game. At first, it appeared that Georgia fans would get the bounce back game from their formerly Top 10 ranked team. The Bulldogs held a 24 to 17 lead at halftime. But once the second half rolled around, Tennessee exploded on offense while Georgia fell apart.
The Volunteers outscored Georgia 28 to 7 in the second half. QB Joshua Dobbs ended up throwing for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns to only a single interception. The Vols racked up an incredible 519 total yards. If Tennessee has their offense working against Alabama, they’ll have a chance to pull off the shocker.
Why Bet On #8 Alabama (-16) to Beat Tennessee
The last time an unranked Tennessee team beat a ranked Alabama team was 1983. The Vols are 0-9 in such games since. .
Alabama is making it look easy. The light switch went off after the strange 37 to 43 loss to Ole Miss. Since the loss, Alabama has won four straight games. The Crimson Tide is rolling and it doesn’t appear that anything will stand in the Tide’s way.
Facing #9 Texas A&M last Saturday, Alabama was on top of its game. Texas A&M had no choice but to play a soft zone defense to take away Alabama’s passing attack. Because the Aggies failed to put an extra person in the box, Alabama’s Derrick Henry rushed for over 200 yards. The problem is that if you try to take away Alabama’s rushing attack, the offense will kill you with the pass.
Alabama’s defense held Aggies’ QB Kyle Allen to a 20 of 40 day. Allen threw 3 picks to only a single touchdown. Texas A&M rushed for only 32 yards.
Alabama should beat Tennessee by 21 points, but a quick check of the Crimson Tide’s season so far shows that Alabama usually plays down to its competition. Expect Tennessee to keep this game below the spread. But, there is no way that the Crimson Tide loses outright. My final score prediction is Alabama 31, Tennessee 17.