College football betting handicappers have had a difficult time getting a hold on the Ole Miss Rebels who have been a wildly inconsistent college football gambling commodity.
The 8th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will host the Mississippi Rebels Saturday night with a ESPN2 telecast set to kickoff at 9 PM Eastern Time. The Tide opened at Sports-Gambling as 20.5 point favorites.
The Ole Miss Rebels have a record of 3-2 straight up and 2-3 with the NCAA football betting lines. Ole Miss is coming off a bye week that followed a 42-35 home win and payout over Kentucky. The Rebels have a high octane attack that ranks 15th in the country for scoring.
Ole Miss is 13th in the nation for rushing led by Brandon Bolden who has 518 yards and a 6.8 yards per carry average with 5 touchdowns and quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who has 262 yards and a 5.2 yards per carry average and 3 TD’s.
Masoli is averaging 8.8 yards per passing attempt but has a 6/5 touchdown/interception ratio. Defense is a major problem for Ole Miss as they rank 103rd for points allowed.
The Alabama Crimson Tide has a NCAA football betting record of 5-1 straight up and 4-2 against the spread. The Tide is coming off a 35-21 loss at South Carolina in which they were clearly outplayed. The loss at South Carolina coupled with their near death escape at Arkansas shows that the defending national champions can be beat.
Alabama ranks 25th in the nation for offense and 17th for defense. Quarterback Greg McElroy has a 72% completion rate and is averaging 9.5 yards per pass attempt with a 9/3 TD/INT ratio but has not been spectacular and was unable to mount a comeback last week. Trend Richardson and Mark Ingram are both averaging 7 yards per carry.
Alabama is the far more solid commodity here but the question will be if they can get over their bad performance and loss last week. Ole Miss has enough offense to potentially keep things interesting if the Tide has another off night. Ole Miss has gotten the money in 4 out of their last 5 college football betting matchups against Alabama.