Tennessee vs Alabama NCAA Football Point Spread Picks
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Tua Tagovailoa and the Alabama Crimson Tide host the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Alabama opens this contest as 36-point favorites. The Volunteers are 2-4-0 ATS and 3-3-0 when betting on the total. The Crimson Tide are 4-2-0 when wagering on the over/under and 3-3-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Tennessee Volunteers took on the Mississippi State Bulldogs and won 20-10. Running the show from under center for the Volunteers was Jarrett Guarantano who went 6/7 with 106 yards passing and threw 1 TD. He ended the game without an interception. Ty Chandler paced the team on the ground during the game. He broke a long run for 15 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He scurried for 63 yards via 16 carries which meant he was running for 3.9 yards per carry. Tyler Byrd was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 56 yards on 3 receptions. He earned an average of 18.7 yards per reception during the game. The Volunteers rushed the ball a total of 44 times and added 190 yards which earned them an average of 4.3 yards per carry. In the game, the Volunteers racked up 14 1st downs and they totaled 3 penalties for 34 yards telling us that they had a strong outing in terms of discipline. In all, they ran 58 plays which gave them a total of 357 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Tennessee allowed 11 catches on 21 tries for a total of 146 yards, and a completion percentage of 52.4%. For this contest, they allowed 267 yards and earned 3 turnovers. In the running game, the Volunteers allowed 121 yards on 37 carries which gave them an average of 3.3 yards per attempt allowed.
The Volunteers step onto the field holding a record of 2-4 this season. For total yardage, they sit in 13th in the SEC and 102nd in D-1 with 2,121 yards. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the country with an average of 23 points per game, ranking them 102nd in D-1. As a team, they are averaging 146.3 yards on the ground per game which is 11th in the Southeastern Conference. The Volunteers have one of the middle tier defenses in Division 1, allowing 25.7 points per game which has them at 10th in the conference. When it comes to passing yards, the Volunteers have conceded 1,243 yards. Teams are completing 59.8% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 7.3 yards per attempt. In discussing yards on the ground, Tennessee is allowing 159.7 yards per contest putting them 10th in the conference and 68th in college football. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4 yards per rush which has them at 9th in the SEC and 61st in the nation overall. In total, they have allowed 958 yards rushing through 6 games.
The last time they took the field, the Alabama Crimson Tide faced the Texas A&M Aggies and won 47-28. Running the show from under center for the Crimson Tide was Tua Tagovailoa who went 21/34 with 293 yards through the air and threw 4 touchdowns. He tossed 1 pick in the game. Najee Harris led the team on the ground for the game. He tore off a long run of 25 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He ran for a total of 114 yards by way of 20 carries which means he ran for an average of 5.7 yards per run. DeVonta Smith was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 99 yards on 7 catches. He had an average of 14.1 yards per reception for the game. The Crimson Tide ran the ball a total of 31 times and earned 155 yards which gave them an average of 5.0 yards per rush. For the game, they totaled 65 plays for 448 yards. For the contest, the Crimson Tide had a total of 25 first downs and they totaled 11 penalties for 91 yards which is telling in terms of discipline. On the defensive side of the ball, Alabama gave up 24 completions on 42 throws totaling 264 yards, and a completion percentage of 57.1%. In the running game, the Crimson Tide gave up 125 yards on 28 carries which is an average of 4.5 yards per attempt allowed. For the game, they gave up a total of 389 yards and earned 1 turnover.
The Crimson Tide step onto the field holding a record of 6-0. Alabama is making teams consider moving more up into the box by averaging 171.2 yards on the ground per game, which has them at 61st in the nation. As a team, they have a total of 1,027 yards rushing through 6 games, so they will want to continue to try to improve on the run game so opponents will have to respect all facets of the game. The Crimson Tide average 537.2 yards per game overall putting them 6th in college football and 2nd in the SEC. The Crimson Tide are allowing 17 points per game ranking them 4th in the Southeastern Conference and 14th in the country. In terms of points given up, they have allowed 102 total points. When it comes to rushing yards, they are allowing 133.3 yards per contest ranking them 47th in Division 1 and 8th in the Southeastern Conference. For this season, they have conceded a total of 800 yards rushing and 1.8 rushing TDs. Their passing defense is one of the mediocre units in the country. They are giving up 202.8 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Crimson Tide currently sit at 4th in the conference.
Who will win tonight's Volunteers/Crimson Tide college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Volunteers +36
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