Mississippi Rebels vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
Saturday, 9/28/13, 6:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Alabama -13.5
Current Betting Line: Alabama -16
Opening Total: 56.5
Current Total: 57
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Mississippi is 3-0 for the first time since 1989, as it continues a run of playing four of its first five games on the road. The Rebels current five-game winning streak is the team’s longest since winning eight in a row from 2008-09, which is important to consider when making your college football expert picks. The program is 0-9 all-time when taking on the No. 1 team in the nation, as it prepares to play back-to-back years in Tuscaloosa since 1931-32. Mississippi is 6-5 SUATS in September the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 6-3 in that situation.
The Rebels have played 11 true freshmen thus far in 2013, which is tied for the 10th-most among Division I FBS teams. Mississippi is going to have a hard time pulling off an upset, considering it has gone 1-12 when playing the defending national champions. Senior running back Jeff Scott will need to have a huge game, as he ran for a career-high 164 yards against the Texas Longhorns last time out. He currently ranks fifth in the Southeastern Conference in rushing and sits fourth in all-purpose yards.
Alabama is also off to a perfect 3-0 start this season, as it comes off a 31-6 victory over the Colorado State Rams as 40-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 55. The Crimson Tide have won the last nine games in this series, outscoring the Rebels by a 248-118 margin, which is important to consider when looking over the college football odds page. Alabama is is 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS as a favorite of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 5-4 in that situation.
The Crimson Tide are 24-7 against ranked opponents over the past six seasons, while they’ve gone 52-0 when rushing for at least 140 yards since the 2008 campaign. Offensively, the team continues to be led by quarterback AJ McCarron, who ranks first nationally in passing efficiency with a 175.28 mark.
Sports bettors will likely back the Rebels due to their 6-2 ATS mark in the last eight meetings in this series.
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