College football odds handicappers give Tennessee little chance to beat Alabama although they do get a big price this week with the college football lines.
Tennessee will host Alabama Saturday night with kickoff set for 7 PM Eastern and an ESPN telecast. Sports-Gambling opened with Alabama as a 17 point road favorite.
Alabama is ranked 8th in the BCS standings. The Tide have a college football betting record of 6-1 straight up and 4-3 against the spread with just 2 of their games going over the total. Bama scored a workmanlike 23-10 win over Ole Miss as 20 point favorites as they failed to pay out for the third time in four games.
The Crimson Tide remains one of the top defensive teams in the league as they rank 5th for points allowed but their offense has been sluggish of late and ranks just 32nd in the country.
Quarterback Greg McElroy is good when he gets help from the powerful running back tandem of Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram but is not a game changing signal caller that can win games on his own.
The Tennessee Volunteers are coming off a much needed bye week that followed a 41-14 loss at Georgia which dropped their college football gambling record to 2-4 both straight up and against the spread as 5 of their 6 games have gone over the total.
Tennessee is thin and with little depth but played Florida and LSU close this year. The Vols rank 84th in scoring offense and 75th in scoring defense.
Alabama is still very much alive in the SEC West and controls their own destiny as if they win out they will be in the SEC title game in December so there is plenty to play for here. Despite 2 weeks to prepare Tennessee will likely struggle against the Tide and could get worn down.
Alabama has covered the spread in 9 out of their last 13 road games with just 5 out of their last 20 conference games going over the total. The Crimson Tide has beaten the college football odds in 4 consecutive trips to Tennessee and the host has paid out in just 2 out of the last 15 meetings in this head to head series.