College football gambling handicappers and fans will have plenty of intangibles to consider with the NCAA football gambling matchup of Auburn at Alabama.
The #11 Alabama Crimson Tide will host the #2 Auburn Tigers on Friday in what is known as the “Iron Bowl.” CBS will telecast the matchup which is set to begin at 2:30 PM ET. Sports-Gambling opened with Alabama as a 4 point favorite.
The status of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton continues to be an hour-to-hour topic of conversation as the NCAA and FBI are both investigating potential wrong doing and rumors of payoffs and discussions of cash bonuses in Newton’s recruiting process last year.
It is possible that Newton may not be cleared to play until game time so it will be important for all handicappers to track his status throughout the week as the investigation continues.
Auburn has a record of 11-0 straight up and 7-4 with the college football odds as 7 of their games have gone over the total. The Newton led offense ranks 5th in the country for scoring but the defense remains a concern as it ranks 59th for points allowed and 100th in the country against the pass.
Auburn got the money in a home win over Georgia 49-31 in their last game 2 weeks ago. Newton is the leading Heisman Trophy candidate with a 68% completion rate, 10.3 yards per attempt, and a 21/6 touchdown/interception ratio. He leads Auburn in rushing with 1297 yards and a 6.3 yards per carry average with 17 touchdowns.
Alabama has a record of 9-2 straight up and 7-4 with the college football lines with just 4 of their games going over the total. The Tide is coming off a ridiculous 63-7 home payoff last Thursday against Georgia State. The Tide ranks 20th in the nation for scoring offense and a rock ribbed 3rd for scoring defense.
Many believe Alabama’s defense may prove to be the difference in this matchup. Senior quarterback Greg McElroy should find the Auburn pass defense to his liking as he has a 70% completion rate, a 9.2 yards per attempt average, with a 17/5 TD/INT ratio. The backfield tandem of Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson make for a complete offense.
The home team has paid out in 5 of the last 6 college football gambling matchups in this series.