On the whole few programs equal Alabama or Michigan for marquee brand appeal. Alabama is the most successful college football program of the past decade. Head coach Nick Saban has built a College Football betting Powerhouse based on actual substantive results. Contrarily the Maize and Blue of Michigan is largely a myth. Wolverine fans sell out the stadium, donate, and buy apparel like backers of a champion. Problematic is the reality that the M Men are a perpetual letdown and third-place team. In a classic made for TV bowl matchup, Alabama meets Michigan in the Citrus Bowl.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Alabama Crimson Tide – VRBO Citrus Bowl
|Date and Time:||Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 1 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida|
|Michigan vs. Alabama TV Coverage:||ABC|
Michigan Wolverines vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Overview
Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines have an online wagering record of 9-3 straight up, 7-5 against the spread, with 9-3 over the total. Overall the Maize and Blue rank 38th nationally for scoring offense and 18th for points allowed. Harbaugh has made Michigan a good football program. However, he was paid to transform Michigan into a national title contender. Most important of all is the fact that he is yet to beat Ohio State.
By contrast, Alabama is 10-2 straight up, 6-6 vs. the odds, and 7-5 over the total. The Crimson Tide ranks second nationally for scoring offense and 15th for points allowed. Certainly, the injury to Tua Tagovailoa was a problem at the season’s end. But Alabama seemed to be lacking a physical presence even with Tua in the lineup.
Key Wolverines: QB Shea Patterson (2828 YDS, 57.2% COMP, 8.2 AVG, 22 TD, 6 INT, 22 SACK, 143.9 RTG), RB Zach Charbonnet (136 ATT, 642 YDS, 4.7 AVG, 11 TD), WR Ronnie Bell (43 REC, 694 YDS, 16.1 AVG, 1 TD), PK Quinn Nordin (27-28 XP, 7-10 FG, 48 PTS), LB Josh Uche (34 TACKLES, 8.5 SACKS)
Key Crimson Tide: QB Mac Jones (1176 YDS, 69.8 YDS, 69.8% COMP, 10.1 AVG, 11 TD, 3 INT, 2 SACK, 181.1 RTG), RB Najee Harris (185 ATT, 1088 YDS, 5.9 AVG, 11 TD), WR DeVonta Smith (65 REC, 1200 YDS, 18.5 AVG, 13 TD), PK Joseph Bulovas (54-56 XP, 8-11 FG, 78 PTS), DB Xavier McKinney (85 TACKLES, 2 SACKS, 3 INT, 1 TD)
Michigan and Alabama Vs. The Line
The Wolverines are:
- 1-4 against the spread in their last five bowl games
- 4-1-1 over the total in the postseason
- 3-6 with the odds as an underdog
- 7-1 over the total when getting points
The Crimson Tide are:
- 3-6-1 on the board in their last 10 postseason matchups
- 7-4 over the total in postseason games
- 1-4-1 against the spread as a favorite of 9-points or less
- 4-0 over the total when laying 9-points or less
Michigan Wolverines vs. Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Betting Picks
On this occasion, we are treated to two of the biggest name brands in College Football Betting. As was previously noted neither team is a good value in this situation. On the whole, Alabama has a deeper roster.
Michigan vs. Alabama College Football Betting Prediction: Alabama Crimson Tide
Michigan vs. Alabama College Football Betting Score Prediction: Alabama 38, Michigan 17