The Crimson Tide was very impressive last week as they routed Penn State and they will be expected to cover the football odds in this game that can be seen on ABC.
Alabama could be getting back Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram this week. They really don’t need him since Trent Richardson has been fabulous in his place but it never hurts to have more than one great running back, especially when you are laying big points on the road. The line at SBG has Alabama a 23.5 point favorite. Ingram has missed the first two games due to a knee injury. Alabama is going to stop the run on Saturday. That much we know because the Crimson Tide has not allowed an opposing player to run for 100 yards in 36 straight games.
Duke Can Score – This is going to sound strange but Duke has a better chance of scoring a touchdown than Penn State did last week. Duke’s offense is probably better than Penn State’s. In their first two games, Duke has averaged almost 45 points per game. Quarterback Sean Renfree was 28 of 44 for 358 yards and four touchdowns last week in a loss to Wake Forest. Conner Vernon caught eight balls for 181 yards while Desmond Scott rushed for 122 yards.
Letdown Spot for Alabama – This is a huge letdown spot for Alabama. The Crimson Tide is very well coached by Nick Saban but there is no getting around a letdown. The Tide played on national television last week and routed Penn State and now they are expected to go to Duke and win big? That might be easier said than done. The trends give them a chance though. The Crimson Tide are 8-2 against the college football odds in their last 10 road games and Duke is just 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 home games.
A Good Spot to Take the Over – This might be a good game to just take the over against the college football betting lines. Five of the last seven Alabama games out of conference have gone over the total. Duke has been a great team to bet over as 19 of their last 27 home games have gone over.