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NCAA Football Betting on Crimson Tide vs. Golden Flashes

Posted by: Charlie Smith

The Alabama Crimson Tide is the heavy NCAA football betting favorite to roll right through the Kent State Golden Flashes on Saturday, September 24th at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The odds for people betting on college football are:

Kent State +43½ (-110) 50 (-110) +45000
Alabama -43½ (-110) 50 (-110) -3928

The Roll Tide began SEC play with a comeback 48-43 win over rivals Ole Miss in week 3, thus improving their record to 3-0 and firmly entrenching themselves at the top of the AP Poll. Bama was behind by three TDs with 2:47 left in the first half. However, sophomore wide receiver Calvin Ridley scored on a 6-yard run, followed by a 85-yard punt return from senior safety Eddie Jackson that literally turned the Tide. With QB Jalen Hurts and running back Damien Harris never quite founding their footing, UA had to turn defense into offense. At the start of the third quarter, senior LB Ryan Anderson forced Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly to fumble, which was recovered by sophomore nose tackle Da’Ron Payne for a touchdown that tied the game. Senior defensive end Jonathan Allen picked Kelly off for a 75-yard TD that gave Alabama a lead which they would not surrender anymore.

The Golden Flashes finally got one in the win column when they defeated the Monmouth Hawks 27-7. Redshirt freshman QB Mylik Mitchell threw for 106 yards with two TD passes to junior wide receiver Nick Holley, and ran a career-high 77 yards on 14 carries. Freshman Justin Rankin added 59 yards on 12 carries. On defense, Kent State limited Monmouth to 199 total yards and allowed just two third down conversions. Additionally, senior Nate Holley had 17 tackles (13 solo), and Elcee Refuge forced a turnover. The Golden Flashes are 1-2.

Nothing short of a miracle would keep the Tide from winning this one; as a matter of fact, the second team could win it easily. Therefore, the one questions is whether Bama can cover the 43½ NCAA football betting point spread. Conventional wisdom says the Tide will go easy on a lesser opponent such as the Golden Flashes, which might sway some fans to go with the underdog to cover the spread. That being said, don’t expect Nick Saban to ease up on his alma mater. “We need to focus on what we need to do to get better as a team and play to our standard, and that certainly is going to be the message for this week,” the UA head coach said.

Kent State’s Holley has been a one-man tackling machine, with 47 so far this season, but keeping Hurts and the rest of Bama’s offense from scoring is going to be a Sisyphus task. NCAA football betting fans can expect the Tide to make inroads into the Golden Flashes end zone both by air and on the ground. Furthermore, Kent State’s offense has produced only 897 yards rushing and passing; or, fewer than 300 per game. Don’t expect those numbers to improve at the expense of Reuben Foster, Jonathan Allen, and Ryan Anderson.

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