- Alabama is -18.5 on the spread and -900 on the moneyline against Miami on Saturday, September 4th. The over-under is set to 61.5 points.
- Alabama is on a 14-game winning streak, the longest in the country for FBS teams.
- Bryce Young (+800) and D’Eriq King (+2000) are among the early favorites to win the Heisman Trophy.
Miami might be the 14th-ranked team in the country, but they are going to be massive underdogs when they take the field on Saturday. Yes, Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide are back to try and defend their title. Once again, Bama is the favorite to win a national title and the Hurricanes are their first test.
The U improved in Manny Diaz’s second year as head coach, going 8-3 overall that included a heartbreaking defeat to Oklahoma State in the Cheez-It Bowl. Opening up this season with a win would vault Miami into early College Football Playoff talks.
Let’s take a closer look at Alabama vs. Miami, complete with where to watch the game, betting odds, public trends, and a prediction.
How to Watch Alabama vs. Miami Saturday
Alabama Crimson Tide (0-0) vs. Miami Hurricanes (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 4th
Start Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedez-Benz Stadium — Dallas, TX
Broadcasters: Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), Todd McShay (sideline), and Molly McGrath (sideline)
Alabama vs. Miami Betting Line
- Alabama is an 18.5-point favorite over Miami.
- The Crimson Tide is -900 on the moneyline compared to the Hurricanes at +680.
- The total is set to 61.5 points.
Public Betting Trends
The public betting report is not out on Alabama-Miami yet. Bama holds an overall record of 14-3 against Miami, but don’t read too much into that record. This will be the first time these two schools meet since 1993. Obviously, things are much different in Tuscaloosa and Miami right now.
Despite being favored by wide margins in nearly every game last season, Bama still covered the spread in nine of 13 games. Miami, on the other hand, was an even 5-5-1 against the spread in 2020.
The Crimson Tide are riding the longest winning streak in the country at 14 games. In fact, their last loss came against Auburn in the 2019 Iron Bowl.
Alabama vs. Miami Game Notes
Alabama just reloads every single year. They are losing the Heisman Trophy winner in DeVonta Smith and his quarterback who finished third in voting, Mac Jones. That would be a lot for any other program to replace. But Alabama is not just “any other program.”
There is a reason why the Crimson Tide have gone to six of seven College Football Playoffs, winning three times. That reason is named Nick Saban. Bama is a talent factory.
John Metchie III is the next in a long line of Bama first-round wide receivers. Metchie is brimming with talent and will finally be the No. 1 option with DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle going to the NFL.
He will be catching passes from dual-threat quarterback Bryce Young. While Mac Jones was clinical with his accuracy from the pocket, Young should bring a much different element to the quarterback position in Tuscaloosa. Teams are going to have to account for his legs at all times.
As for Miami, they are going to go as far as D’Eriq King takes them. By all accounts, King is healthy and ready to roll this year. He is the type of dynamic offensive threat that can give this talented Alabama defense fits.
We’ve seen it in the past where one great player can blow up Bama’s entire gameplan. Guys like Cam Newton and Johnny Manziel blew up anything Saban wanted to do defensively. Even though Bryce Young has better Heisman Trophy odds than D’Eriq King, don’t sleep on this Cane.
What about the defenses though? Just like on the offensive side of the ball, they always reload with blue-chip recruits on defense. The Tide are going to do what they do best — stop the run and control the line of scrimmage. As a result, the Canes are going to have to rely on King to take the top off the defense with his arm.
Miami is deep in the secondary, but they have question marks in the front seven. Given the significant roster turnover at those positions, it’s tough to forecast how that group will play. If nothing else, Bama will give this front seven an early test.
Alabama vs. Miami Week 1 Pick
People who bet against Alabama usually aren’t betting for long. The Crimson Tide are 24-17 ATS since 2018 and shockingly, they have been favored in every single one of those games. Obviously, the personnel changes from year to year, but Bama knows what it’s like to be in this spot. Sure, the spread is up there at 18.5 points, but Bama is still the pick here.
Prediction: Alabama wins 35-10
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