COVID-19 caused the most difficult offseason in college football history. Especially for programs with new coaches such as the Missouri Tigers. Head coach Eli Drinkwitz did not get a spring practice that was desperately needed in order to implement his new system. On the other hand, the Alabama Crimson Tide have a powerful and established championship program. That being said head coach Nick Saban also needed a spring practice as the program transitions away from the unique offensive system designed for former quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is now a Miami Dolphin. Overmatched Mizzou will be a massive underdog with the CFB Odds as they will host the Crimson Tide Saturday Night. It’s the season opener for both teams.
Alabama Crimson Tide at Missouri Tigers
Date and Time: Saturday, September 26, 2020, 7 p.m. ET
Location: Faurot Field, Columbia Missouri
Alabama at Missouri odds at Bookmaker.eu: Alabama +28 vs. Missouri -28, over under 55
TV Coverage: ESPN
Alabama at Missouri Odds Analysis
Of course, gamblers will get the ultimate name brand program with the CFB odds in this matchup. Alabama tops college football name brand recognition with Clemson. And going up against rebuilding Mizzou further adds to the price tag. Eli Drinkwitz has no coaching credibility with gamblers. And he can’t possibly compare with Nick Saban in the eyes of the public. Through the years Saban has built a powerhouse. Most important of all gamblers trust Saban to cover huge pointspreads. Compared to the Crimson Tide the Tigers have zero public appeal.
Tide Futures Favorite to Roll into College Football Playoff Return
Tua Tagovailoa’s injury last year damaged Alabama’s playoff quest as Mac Jones was thrust into the lineup. Which now makes for a CFB lines advantage as Jones gained valuable experience in 2019. He will now bring the confidence that comes playing several games. Also helping is that DeVonta Smith returns after totaling 1256 receiving yards last season. Senior power running back Najee Harris is back as well. To conclude Jones will not have the pressure of carrying the offense.
Mizzou Goes All New with Eli Drinkwitz
Eli Drinkwitz is a Gus Malzahn understudy and begins his Mizzou career at a major disadvantage without having spring football to work out the kinks of his new system. Also, there was not the competition that was needed for starting positions. Worrisome to all is that the quarterback position remains unsettled.
Alabama Crimson Tide at Missouri Tigers Against the Spread
Alabama has covered five of their last seven as road chalk and is 1-5-1 under the total as away favorites. As a road favorite of 21 or more points the Crimson Tide is 7-4-1 against the odds as eight of Alabama’s last 11 games in that situation went over the total. In September road games the Crimson Tide have covered four of their last seven with eight of their last 11 September away games going over. In SEC road action Alabama is 5-3 versus the line with five of their last seven conference road tilts going over.
In SEC home games Mizzou is 2-5 against the spread with six of their last seven in that role going under the total. In September home action the Tigers are 9-4 on the board with five of their last eight in that situation going under the total. As a home dog Missouri is 7-11 against the line with six of their last 10 as home pups going under. As a double-digit home dog Missouri is 1-5 with the number with four of their last five in that role going over the total.
In this head to head series Alabama has covered three straight meetings with Mizzou as two of those three games went over the total.
Alabama Crimson Tide at Missouri Tigers Bookmaker Free Pick
This one could get real ugly real fast. Mizzou is totally outclassed in this CFB odds matchup. Alabama’s system has been in place for years. Drinkwitz is far behind getting his new system in place.
Crimson Tide at Tigers Bookmaker Best Bet: Alabama Crimson Tide
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