Alabama vs. Kansas State Sugar Bowl Betting Odds

Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Betting

Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Betting

The Kansas State Wildcats are often overlooked as a quality college football program. But that is a major mistake of gamblers. At least the casual ones that are enamored with the name brands. And there is no bigger brand on the board than the Alabama Crimson Tide. Coach Nick Saban campaigned hard for the Crimson Tide. Specifically, he cited the likelihood that Alabama would be favored against almost any opponent. But his pleas were ignored. Alabama had their chance in the regular season and was too sloppy. Kansas State won the Big 12 championship and is a quality opponent.

NCAA Football Betting Odds

Kansas State Wildcats +5

Alabama Crimson Tigers -5

Total 55

Alabama Crimson Tide Weekly Matchup

On Saturday, December 31, 2021, the Alabama Crimson Tide of the Southeastern Conference will face the Kansas State Wildcats of the Big 12 Conference in the All State Sugar Bowl at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kickoff time is noon ET, with television coverage on ESPN.

Last game, the Kansas State Wildcats won 31-28 against the TCU Horned Frogs as 1-point favorites. The game went under the total of 60.5. Kansas State has a record of 10-3 straight up, 9-3-1 against the spread, and 6-7 over/under the total. Kansas State ranks 43rd for total offense, 93rd for passing, 17th for rushing, and 33rd for scoring. Defensively they rank 54th overall, 56th against the pass, 67th against the rush, and 17th for points allowed. Also, KSU ranks 39th for fewest turnovers lost and 6th for takeaways.

Deuce Vaughn ran for 130 yards and a touchdown, and Will Howard threw two TDs for the Wildcats, who six weeks earlier had jumped out to a 28-10 lead early in the second quarter before TCU scored the game's last 28 points. That was one of five games the Horned Frogs won when trailing after halftime. But they couldn't do it again with the chance to guarantee to be the first Big 12 team other than Oklahoma to make the playoff.

Max Duggan, who went from losing his job as TCU's starting quarterback going into the season to now being a potential Heisman Trophy finalist, threw for 251 yards and a touchdown and ran for 110 yards with an 8-yard score with 1:51 remaining in regulation.

The quarterback was sacked three times and hit numerous other times. He had to have patches on his bloody elbow replaced several times and was so drained late in the game that the offensive linemen carried him off the field after drives.

Vaughn's 44-yard touchdown, including an open-field move that led to a defensive back falling down yards from him, made it 28-17 and capped a drive set up after Julius Brent intercepted a pass by Duggan in the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter.

But TCU scored the last 11 points of regulation, including Griffin Kell's 42-yard field goal with 7 1/2 minutes left. The kick ended a drive Duggan kept alive with a 16-yard pass to Taye Barber on fourth-and-10.

Duggan's TD run late in regulation came right after his 40-yard sprint down the left sideline after scrambling away from pressure on the previous play, though he still had to get up and throw a tying 2-point conversion to tight end Jared Wiley. He also had runs of 15, 13, and 19 yards on the drive. The longest of those three converting a fourth-and-2 from near midfield. In overtime, TCU RB Kendre Miller was stuffed for the second play in a row on fourth down to give K-State the ball one last time. And then Ty Zentner kicked a 31-yard field goal as the Wildcats beat TCU 31-28.

Alabama Crimson Tide Weekly Recap

Last game, the Alabama Crimson Tide won 49-27 against the Auburn Tigers as 21.5-point home favorites. The game went over the total of 51. Alabama has a record of 10-2 straight up, 6-6 against the spread, and 5-7 over/under the total. Alabama ranks 15th for total offense, 24th for passing, 30th for rushing and 5th for scoring. Defensively they rank 15th overall, 16th against the pass, 30th against the rush, and 11th for points allowed. Also, Alabama ranks 87th for fewest turnovers lost and 124th for takeaways.

For almost any other college football program, the 2022 performance of the Alabama Crimson Tide would be cause for celebration. But for coach Nick Saban’s program, it bordered on mediocrity. There will be no College Football Playoff berth nor a spot in the SEC championship game. Alabama finished with another double-digit win season. But losses to the Tennessee Volunteers and the LSU Tigers were a bridge too far.

Additionally, there were close calls against the Texas Longhorns, Texas A&M Aggies, and Ole Miss Rebels. Now come questions about the future, including how long head coach Nick Saban will continue. Saban, age 71, looks and acts far younger. And still runs one of America’s top programs. But Father Time remains undefeated, and the SEC is loaded with top programs and competing coaches.

For Auburn, the week was dominated by speculation about who athletic director John Cohen would hire to replace Harsin. The most talked-about candidate, Mississippi's Lane Kiffin, said he's staying put. Liberty's Hugh Freeze said after his team's regular-season finale Saturday he hadn't been offered the job but confirmed his interest.

2022 Alabama Crimson Tide Schedule

Sep 3 vs. Utah State W 55-0 1-0
Sep 10 at Texas W 20-19 2-0
Sep 17 vs. ULM W 63-7 3-0
Sep 24 vs. Vanderbilt W 55-3 4-0
Oct 1 at Arkansas W 49-26 5-0
Oct 8 vs. Texas A&M W 24-20 6-0
Oct 15 at Tennessee L 49-52 6-1
Oct 22 vs. Mississippi State W 30-6 7-1
Oct 29 OFF
Nov 5 at LSU L 31-32 7-2
Nov 12 at Mississippi W 30-24 8-2
Nov 19 vs. Austin Peay W 34-0 9-2
Nov 26 vs. Auburn W 49-27 10-2
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