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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(2-1) Colorado State Rams vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0)
Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
NCAA Football Spread: Alabama -28.5
NCAA Betting Total: 53.5
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Alabama won a crucial game to open the season over Florida State before beating Fresno State handily in Week 2 but as you can imagine, Nick Saban is not pleased with his team’s performance.
Colorado State will be tasked will trying to figure out the nation’s number one team on the road and it won’t be easy – despite the 2-1 record they are sporting to start the season.
Colorado State Rams
This game will be the Rams fourth of the year as they were one of the few teams that played a week early to start the season. This game will be followed with a bye week before two more road games in a row.
The Rams have been going as Nick Stevens has gone this season. In their two wins, Stevens has thrown for 671 yards and 6 touchdowns with just two interceptions. But in their lone loss on the year, Stevens completed just 51 percent of his passes and finished with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Alabama’s defense will be a tall task for Stevens and he will need some help from the run game and the defense to keep Colorado State in the game. The run game has been decent but against Alabama it will have to be effective in order to open up some space for Stevens to make some plays.
The Rams are not expected to go into Alabama and pick up this win but Stevens has shown some improvement from last season early on against weaker opponents and could make some things happen for the Rams offense over the course of this game.
Alabama Crimson Tide
As always with Alabama, the defense has been completely dominant.
They have allowed just 17 points in their first two games with 7 of them coming late in their blowout over Fresno State last weekend.
Alabama has allowed just 49 rushing yards per game in the first two games and that will be a key for them all season long.
They typically have a strong run defense but it always has to be because when teams play Alabama they know one of their only shots to win is to run the ball and control the time of possession.
That is never an easy task but especially crucial when Jalen Hurts is playing the way he has played early on.
Hurts has been efficient throwing the ball but most of his damage has come on the ground. He has already picked up 209 rushing yards on just 25 attempts with two touchdowns.
Hurts will continue to be a playmaker for them all year and their defense will dominate. The run game has shown some life but someone besides Hurts will need to emerge as their leading rusher.
This could be the game Saban uses to try to get Damien Harris or Bo Scarbrough going on the ground.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 6-2 in Colorado State’s last 8 non-conference games.
- Under is 8-2 in Alabama’s last 10 home games.
- Alabama is 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games against teams with a winning record
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While Stevens has looked strong early on in two games, he struggled mightily against Colorado – a much different defense than Alabama. And, the run game will have a tough time getting going and helping him out against Bama’s great run defense.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Under 53.5
Even when Alabama has easy games that they potentially can overlook their opponent, their defense rarely struggles. Their offense has been good but not great early on. I expect Alabama to win handily but led by their defense.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: Alabama 37 – Colorado State 3
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