Alabama Crimson Tide vs Miami Hurricanes Prediction, 9/4/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Alabama Crimson Tide vs Miami Hurricanes
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (+18)
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the location where the Miami Hurricanes (8-3 last year) will try to defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide (12-0 last season) on Saturday. Alabama opens this game as 18-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 63.5.
The Alabama Crimson Tide ended the season with a 12-0 record. In their last matchup, the Crimson Tide took the field against the Ohio State Buckeyes and notched a win by a score of 52-24. Najee Harris was the rushing leader for the Crimson Tide with 22 attempts for 79 yards (3.6 yds per carry). Mac Jones went 36/45 with 464 yds passing and 5 TDs. He had a QB rating of 203.3 and finished the game without throwing an interception. In the running game, the Crimson Tide conceded 147 yds on 29 tries, which averages out to 5.1 yds per run allowed. Alabama allowed 17 completions on 33 attempts for a total of 194 yds, and a completion percentage of 51.5%. In all, they ran 83 plays which totaled 621 yards. The Alabama Crimson Tide ran the football 38 different times and recorded 157 yards, which is an average of 4.1 yds per carry.
The Crimson Tide earned 6,420 total yards for the prior season. They gave the ball to the opposition 11 different times. Alabama compiled 37 touchdowns through the air and 35 touchdowns on the ground. Alabama amassed 332 1st downs as a unit, and they were called for 72 infractions for 581 yds. As a team they had an average of 185.7 yards in the run game, ranking them 46th in the nation. Concerning putting points on the board, the Alabama Crimson Tide held an average of 48.2 PPG.
The Crimson Tide were sitting in 25th in the nation when it comes to team defense, conceding 19.0 points per game. They gave up 3.2 yards per running attempt and 110.3 rushing yards per game throughout last year. In total, they conceded 1,324 rushing yards through 12 games. When it comes to yards through the air, the Crimson Tide gave up 2,915 yds which ranked them 131st in the nation. In their 12 games played, they conceded 242.9 yards per game via the pass and relinquishing a completion percentage of 58.7%. They yielded 14 touchdowns through the air as well as 13 rushing touchdowns. They allowed 353.2 yards per contest which ranked them 44th in the country.
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The Hurricanes ended the year having earned a 8-3 mark. When they last stepped on the field, the Hurricanes walked away with a loss by a score of 37-34 when they played the Oklahoma State Cowboys. D'Eriq King ran the ball 8 times for 18 yards, ending the contest with 2.3 yards per carry for Miami. N'Kosi Perry (2 touchdowns) finished the contest with 228 yards on 19/34 through the air while his QB rate was 131.6. He kept the ball away from the defense with no interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 6.7. Miami surrendered 43 attempts on the ground for 113 yds (2.6 yds per carry). The Hurricanes pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 67.5%, relinquishing 305 yards on 27 for 40 through the air. The Hurricanes finished with a total of 512 yds while they ran 78 plays (6.6 yards per play). Miami ended up running for 5.2 yds per attempt, totaling 156 yards on 30 attempts.
When it comes to putting points on the board, the Hurricanes had a ranking of 26th in Division 1 with 34.0 points per game. Last season, the Hurricanes threw for 3,047 passing yards as well as an average of 277.0 throwing yards per outing, which had them ranked 29th in the country. They maintained an average of 162.5 yards via the ground game and toted the ball for 1,788 yards overall. The Miami Hurricanes held an average of 439.5 yards/contest which had them sitting 33rd in college football. The Miami offense racked up 776 yds of penalties on 86 infractions, which was good for 7th in the country in terms of making mistakes. They tossed 6 interceptions while allowing opponents to recover 6 fumbles and they obtained 252 1st downs.
Miami allowed a total of 1,920 rushing yards (174.5 yards per contest) and 17 touchdowns by way of the ground game last season. They tallied 9 fumbles and 7 picks over the course of last year. They conceded 20 touchdowns through the air and 233.9 yards per outing, which put them in 80th in college football. The Hurricanes defense participated in 803 plays, which ranked 129th in college football. Last year, they gave up 297 total points. The Hurricanes conceded 27.0 points per game, which put them in 63rd in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's Crimson Tide/Hurricanes college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Hurricanes +18
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