Texas A&M vs. Alabama Pick
Will it be a defensive struggle on Saturday afternoon when Alabama hosts SEC foe Texas A&M at 3:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Crimson Tide are now 18.5-point home favorites versus the Aggies after opening as a 17-point favorite. The total, meanwhile, opened at 58.5 and that's where it currently sits at the majority of online and Vegas sports books.
Texas A&M is coming off a 45-38 win over Tennessee in overtime two weeks ago and is now a perfect 6-0 on the year. The Aggies failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point favorite and have now failed to cover in back-to-back games. That said, Texas A&M is still a healthy 4-2 at the betting window this season.
Alabama is also coming off a victory over the Volunteers, beating Tennessee 49-10 as a 14-point favorite last weekend in Knoxville. The Crimson Tide ran their record to 7-0 on the season and are now 5-2 against the spread after covering in back-to-back games as a double-digit favorite. The over has also cashed in four of the Tide's seven games in 2016.
OUR PICK: Despite the high-scoring games for Alabama, this should be a defensive struggle throughout. Alabama ranks fifth in the nation in total yards allowed (274.7), is first in run defense (64.6), and is eighth in points allowed (15.0). A&M's defensive numbers aren't as pronounced but the Aggies are holding teams to just 19.2 points per game in 2016. The under is a perfect 7-0 in the Aggies' last seven road games and is 8-2-1 in their last 11 games overall, while the under has cashed in four of the Crimson Tide's last five home games.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 8 PICK: TEXAS A&M/ALABAMA UNDER 58.5