Alabama vs. Tennessee (+9)
You sure aren’t going to make a living betting against Nick Saban and the Tide, but this looks like one of those games that ‘Bama gets challenged. This line has gone from Alabama being favored by 7 to 9 in the last 24 hours. This tells us that the guys in Vegas think that Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young is going to fight through a shoulder injury and play against the Vols. We are buyers now that the line has gone to 9. Even if he goes, Young won’t be 100%. You have to assume that the Tide will score in this one, given the struggles in the Tennessee secondary. The ace in the hole for the Volunteers is QB Hendon Hooker. Hooker has incredible numbers in his time in Knoxville. He has 41 touchdowns to his credit against only 3 interceptions – numbers you just don’t see in college football. The trends don’t support Tennessee as the Tide has beaten them in 15 straight, the last 6 in blowout style. This isn’t the same Tennessee team though under Josh Heupel. Alabama has had a couple of close calls so far this year, and we think this will be another. It’s going to be a good one and we’ll take the 9 at BetUS.