Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Florida Gators Betting Odds, College Football Pick – Bleacher Report
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The Alabama Crimson Tide are 5-0 against the Florida Gators—4-1 against the spread—since Tim Tebow directed the Gators to an SEC Championship Game victory over the Crimson Tide eight years ago.
But Tebow won’t be in uniform this Saturday when Alabama shoots for a sixth straight victory over Florida, and a third straight conference title, in this year’s SEC Championship Game on a neutral field at the Georgia Dome.
Point spread: The Crimson Tide opened as 21.5-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. (Line updates and matchup report)
College football pick, via Odds Shark computer: 42.1-19.5 Crimson Tide (College football picks on every game)
Why the Alabama Crimson Tide can cover the spread
The Crimson Tide reached 12-0 on the season and extended their winning streak to 24 straight games with a 30-12 Iron Bowl victory over Auburn last week. Alabama spotted the Tigers an early field goal, but the Crimson Tide then used a 27-6 run to take over, although it came up a field goal short of covering as a 20-point favorite.
That final score is almost misleading, considering the Crimson Tide outgained Auburn in terms of yardage (501-182) and held a 40-20 time of possession advantage. But a pair of Jalen Hurts interceptions—he also accounted for 323 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns—led directly to six Tigers points, just enough to cost them the cash.
The Tide may face a huge spread for this conference title contest, but they’ve already won seven games this season by 28 points or more.
Why the Florida Gators can cover the spread
Florida had won two games in a row, including that upset of LSU in Baton Rouge a couple weeks ago, but