College Football Week 14 Picks: Auburn Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Auburn Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
Saturday, 11/29/14, 7:45 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Alabama -9.5
Current Betting Line:  Alabama -9
Opening Total:  53.5
Current Total:  54
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Alabama Crimson Tide have been tremendous against the run defensively in 2014
The Alabama Crimson Tide have been tremendous against the run defensively in 2014

Auburn snapped a two-game losing streak in picking up a 31-7 victory over Samford as 38-point home favorites last time out, as it prepares to play its 10th opponent that has already become eligible during the 2014 campaign.  The Tigers are led by dual-threat quarterback Nick Marshall, which is important to consider when making your Week 14 college football betting picks, as he’s accounted for 18 total touchdowns in his last seven games.  Auburn is 5-7 SU and 6-6 ATS on the road the last two-plus seasons.

The Tigers are 35-42-1 SU all-time against the Crimson Tide, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page, with five of the last 10 games in this SEC rivalry being decided by seven points or less.  Auburn is also 27-66-2 SU when playing ranked teams on the road, as it will try to reach the 20-point plateau, as the program has won 108 of 125 games when accomplishing that feat.

Alabama will represent the western division in the SEC Championship Game with a victory in the Iron Bowl, as it has rattled off six consecutive wins since its only loss to Ole Miss on Oct. 4.  The Crimson Tide have won 16 of 22 appearances on ESPN’s College GameDay during the Nick Saban era, including a 1-1 mark in two games during the 2014 campaign.  It’s important to point out that the program is tied with Baylor with the longest home winning streak among FBS teams at 15 games.  Alabama is 7-2 SU and 7-2 ATS as favorites of 3.5 to 10 points the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 5-4 in that situation.

The Crimson Tide have been tremendous on third down this season—ranking fourth in the country in moving the chains 52.8 percent of the time.  Alabama is a dominating 29-10 SU against top-25 opponents since the start of the 2008 campaign, including wins in three of four opportunities this year.  Defensively, the squad ranks first in the SEC in allowing just 85.3 yards per game on the ground, while it sits behind just four teams in total defense.

Sports bettors will likely back the Crimson Tide due to the Tigers being 1-5 ATS in their last six games versus teams with a winning record.

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