Vrbo Citrus Bowl Prediction: Wolverines vs. Crimson Tide Odds
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College Football Handicapping: 2020 Citrus Bowl
(9-3) Michigan Wolverines vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (10-2)
Date: Wednesday, December 1st, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm EST
Venue: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: Alabama -7
NCAA Betting Total: 59
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Two signature programs meet in one of College football’s signature bowl games Jan. 1 as the Michigan Wolverines take on the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Both noted universities underachieved during seasons where each was labeled with greater expectations.
The Crimson Tide again opened as national championship favorites only to see their SEC West dominance fade to LSU. The late-season loss of Heisman hopeful Tua Tagovailoa helped seal Alabama’s fate, and national slide, as Bama dropped their season finale Iron Bowl encounter vs. Auburn.
Meanwhile, Michigan stumbled from the gate after a close week two call vs. heavy underdog Army. It took double overtime for the Wolverines to prevail that day 24-21. Although, the Wolverines’ ensuing blowout loss vs. #13 Wisconsin revealed the storied Ann Arbor program wasn’t a prime 2019 player.
Knocked from their pedestal, Jim Harbaugh’s men broke resilient, beating the teams they were expected to while winning quality battles vs. Iowa and Notre Dame. Though, when faced with elite competition, the Wolverines fell against conference rivals Penn State and Ohio State to officially bow from the college football playoff.
During their successes, Michigan relied on Shea Patterson’s arm strength for 22 touchdowns and 2,828 yards. The Wolverines’ passing attack became its prime mover as the ground game didn’t quite materialize. The lack of an explosive lead back hurt an otherwise solid Michigan group in those above-mentioned big games.
Overall, the Wolverines averaged 33 ppg (#38 NCAA) and allowed 19.5 (#18 NCAA). Michigan’s schedule asked a lot from its core, and at times Patterson and company obliged, but those three losses further stood out after national media’s reaction to Michigan’s early missteps. A measure of redemption for the Wolverines can be gained today vs. still-dangerous Alabama.
Alabama Crimson Tide
With defending FBS champ Clemson’s offseason losses, OSU’s preseason question marks and Georgia’s receiving corp issues, Alabama opened 2019 as the odds on national championship favorite.
And, largely untested until a mid-season showdown vs. nationally-ranked Texas A&M, the Tide rolled through overmatched opponents before brushing aside the Aggies to set up a showdown vs. division rival LSU. It was that 46-41 early-Nov. home setback where Joe Burrow took center stage over Tagovailoa which defined Alabama’s further slide from national prominence.
The ease of manner with which Alabama generally collected wins was evident in spurts vs. lesser opponents this season, but the Bama defense fell short twice in key moments. The loss of Tagovailoa further damaged the Tide as they’ve slipped to their lowest ranking in years.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Crimson Tide are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss.
- Crimson Tide are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.
- Crimson Tide are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten.
- Wolverines are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Wolverines are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Wolverines are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
Citrus Bowl NCAA Football Pick
Though, a Jan. 1 win vs. Michigan erases some doubts where the Tide fell just short in their 2019 offerings. A big Mark Jones outing this afternoon also primes Alabama for the season ahead. Surrounded by tradition, and loads of positional talent, expect Jones to shine as Alabama proves the ranking committee overstated the program’s slim defeats.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Alabama Covers and Over the number
Alabama will be too much in every area for Michigan in this classic New Year’s Day Bowl. Look for an angry, slighted Alabama defense to shut down Patterson as the Tide’s offense comes through in spades as Alabama covers the -7 spread. With Jones exploiting his system’s embarrassing riches, look for an Over 59 total as well.
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