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Tennessee vs Alabama Week 8 College Football Picks (10/21/2023)

The Tennessee Volunteers (5-1) are preparing to face off against the Alabama Crimson Tide (6-1) in an exciting college football game on Saturday, October 21, 2023.

  • Game: Tennessee Volunteers vs Alabama Crimson Tide
  • Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023
  • Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, AL
  • TV: CBS
  • Odds/Point Spread: Crimson Tide (-9.5)
  • Total/Over-Under: 48

The Tennessee Volunteers (5-1) are preparing to face off against the Alabama Crimson Tide (6-1) in an exciting college football game on Saturday, October 21, 2023. The Crimson Tide are favored to win with a 9.5-point spread, according to oddsmakers. The total points for the game is set at 48.

Tennessee (#17) @ Alabama (#11) Odds

Point Spread
Tennessee (#17)   9.5 (-115)
Alabama (#11)   -9.5 (-105)

Total
Over   48.0 (-110)
Under   48.0 (-110)

Moneyline
Tennessee (#17)   +285
Alabama (#11)   -370

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook

Leading up to this game, the Tennessee Volunteers have had a successful season with a 5-1 record. In their last game against the Texas A&M Aggies, the Volunteers secured a 20-13 victory. Quarterback Joe Milton had a solid performance, completing 11 out of 22 passes for 100 yards and 1 touchdown. Jaylen Wright was the top rusher for the Volunteers, gaining 136 yards on 19 carries. Overall, the Volunteers had 232 rushing yards and completed 16 out of 34 passes for 223 yards. Their defense allowed 54 rushing yards and 223 passing yards in the game.

The Tennessee Volunteers have been performing well offensively, averaging 32.3 points per game. They have a strong ground game, ranking 6th in the nation with an average of 230.3 rushing yards per game. So far this season, they have accumulated 2,657 total yards on offense. Tennessee has scored 10 touchdowns through the air and 12 rushing touchdowns. They have gained 128 first downs and have been penalized 48 times for 415 yards. However, they have turned the ball over 7 times.

Defensively, the Volunteers have given up 1,187 passing yards, placing them 18th in Division 1. Their opponents have a completion percentage of 65.2% and have scored 4 passing touchdowns and 7 rushing touchdowns against them. Tennessee’s defense is allowing an average of 303.0 yards per game and has surrendered 631 rushing yards in 6 games. They have given up an average of 17.0 points per game.

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The Alabama Crimson Tide enter this game with a 6-1 record for the season. In their last game against the Arkansas Razorbacks, they came out with a 24-21 victory. Jase McClellan rushed for 83 yards on 16 carries, and Jalen Milroe completed 10 out of 21 passes for 238 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Crimson Tide’s defense allowed 100 rushing yards and 150 passing yards in the game.

Offensively, the Crimson Tide are averaging 30.1 points per game and have gained an average of 367.9 yards per game. They have accumulated 388 penalty yards on 48 violations. Alabama has thrown for 1,536 passing yards and 1,039 rushing yards so far this season. They have recorded 4 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries, while giving away 2 fumbles. The Crimson Tide have obtained 129 first downs.

On the defensive side, Alabama has allowed 731 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns this season. They have given up 8 passing touchdowns and an average of 187.1 passing yards per game. The Crimson Tide’s defense has recorded 4 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. They are conceding an average of 16.0 points per game.

To predict the outcome of the Volunteers vs Crimson Tide game, I recommend taking the Volunteers +9.5 on the point spread.

The Pick: Tennessee Volunteers +9.5

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