The Alabama Crimson Tide begin a three-game homestand Saturday against the Arkansas Razorbacks, giving up over four touchdowns on the odds at the sportsbooks.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are 10-0 straight up and 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 games against the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Crimson Tide are heavily favored to extend that streak this Saturday when they host their conference rival.
Alabama is a 31-point home favorite in Tuscaloosa at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Over their last five games at home, the Crimson Tide are just 1-4 ATS.
Arkansas Razorbacks at Alabama Crimson Tide
When: Saturday, October 14, 7:15 p.m. ET
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Betting Line / Total: Alabama -31 / 54.5 Points
Alabama Crimson Tide
Fans and bettors are so used to seeing Alabama absolutely dominate their opponents that it comes as a surprise when a final score ends up being close.
The Crimson Tide rank fifth in the nation in total defense allowing 259 yards per game and fourth in scoring defense allowing 10.3 points per game. Alabama is 17-1 SU and 12-6 ATS over its last 18 conference home games per the OddsShark College Football Database.
Arkansas hasn’t covered a spread since November 19 of last year, going 2-5 SU and 0-7 ATS over its last seven games. The defense has been torn to shreds in the team’s first two games in conference play allowing 50 points to Texas A&M and 48 points in a 48-22 loss to South Carolina last week.
The Razorbacks have earned bowl eligibility in each of their last three seasons, but that streak could be in jeopardy in 2017. Arkansas is 6-3 ATS in its last nine games as double-digit underdogs.
Saturday night’s total is set at 54.5 points. The OVER is 19-5 in Arkansas’ last 24 road games against teams with winning records.
How ugly this game gets on the scoreboard is likely to just come down to how well Alabama executes on both sides of the ball. Unfortunately for Arkansas, the Razorbacks are catching the Crimson Tide coming off a game in which they were outscored 16-10 in the second half. Nick Saban will probably have his side ready for a 60-minute effort this Saturday.