• Alabama is heavily favored, but recent history shows that the Tide are likely a safe bet against Texas A&M.
By OddsShark
October 21, 2016

The Alabama Crimson Tide are a perfect 19–0 straight up and 12–7 against the spread over their last 19 games. The Crimson Tide will look to extend the longest current winning streak in the nation this Saturday when they host the Texas A&M Aggies.

Alabama is an 18-point favorite at home at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. This will be the eighth time in Alabama's last nine home games that the Crimson Tide have been a double-digit favorite, going 3–1 ATS in their last four instances as one.

Jalen Hurts is the first true freshman quarterback to start at Alabama since 1984, and he appears to be a star in the making. Hurts' athletic ability was on display in last Saturday's 49–10 road blowout over Tennessee as the young quarterback rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns.

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With Hurts under center, Alabama's offense has emerged as one of the best in the nation averaging 45.4 points per game.

In Alabama's last 11 games against teams with winning records, the Crimson Tide are 11–0 SU and 9–2 ATS per the OddsShark College Football Database.

Texas A&M's quarterback Trevor Knight also had a big day in his last game against Tennessee, passing for 239 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 110 yards and three touchdowns. The senior will try to solve an Alabama defense this Saturday that ranks fifth in the nation in passing yards allowed with 274 per game and best in the nation against the rush allowing only 63.9 per game.

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The Aggies are just 3–7 ATS in their last 10 games against SEC opponents.

The total for Saturday's game is set at 58.5 points on the college football odds board. The UNDER is 6–1–1 in Alabama's last eight games at home.

The Crimson Tide have won each of their last two games against Texas A&M by double digits, winning 59–0 in Alabama in 2014 and 41–23 at College Station last season.

Four of Alabama's last five games have come at home, and this Saturday's game against Texas A&M and its next game on the road against LSU figure to be the biggest obstacles remaining between Alabama and an undefeated regular season.

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