Alabama vs. Western Carolina - 11/23/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Western Carolina Catamounts (0-1) at Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1)
College Football: Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 12:00 pm (Bryant-Denny Stadium)
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -57 -- Over/Under: 61
The Western Carolina Catamounts and the Alabama Crimson Tide meet in a week 13 college football matchup from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.
The Western Carolina Catamounts will look for a massive upset after falling to 3-8 on the year with a 31-13 loss to Samford last time out. Tyrie Adams led the Catamounts with 181 passing yards and a touchdown on 13 of 29 passing while leading the Catamounts in rushing with 21 rushing yards and Donnavan Spencer added 17 rushing yards on 12 carries. Clayton Bardall led the Catamounts with 4 catches for 74 yards while the aforementioned Spencer added 3 grabs for 45 yards and the team’s lone receiving TD. As a team, Western Carolina is averaging 22.3 points per game this season.
The Alabama Crimson Tide will look to build on their 9-1 record after a 38-7 victory over Mississippi State in their last outing. Tua Tagovailoa threw for 256 yards on 14 of 18 passing with a pair of touchdowns before leaving the game due to a hip injury that’s effectively ended his season. Mac Jones filled in, throwing for 94 yards on 7 of 11 passing. Najee Harris rushed for 88 yards and 3 touchdowns on 17 carries while Brian Robinson Jr. added 56 rushing yards. Jerry Jeudy led the Tide with 7 grabs for 114 yards while DeVonta Smith had 5 catches for 92 yards. The aforementioned Najee Harris and Jaylen Waddle each had a touchdown grab for Alabama in the winning effort. Defensively, Shane Lee led Alabama with 10 total tackles as well as logging an interception in the victory. As a team, Alabama is averaging 510.6 yards of total offense and 46.8 points per game while allowing 329.2 yards of total defense and 17.5 points per game against this season.
I get Alabama being a massive favorite at home as they should be, being one of the nation's top teams against an FCS team that's 3-8. However, this game is nothing but a practice game for the Tide who are hoping for some help to get into the playoff picture. Alabama also has a history of taking it easier on teams they should blow out, as the Tide let the Citadel hang 17 points on them last year and only beat Chattanooga 31-3 a couple of years ago. I just think Alabama will want to make sure they get through this game as healthy as they were coming into it, and I just think they take it easy on Western Carolina here, letting the Catamounts cover.