Not many expected the Aggies to enter their Week 6 matchup with the Alabama Crimson Tide unranked, but here we are after a disastrous start for Texas A&M.
The Aggies, losers of two straight and their starting quarterback, are left wondering if they'll even have a chance to cover the 17.5-point spread facing them on Saturday with 'Bama coming to College Station.
Find out who we like with our free college football betting picks and predictions for Alabama vs. Texas A&M on October 9.
Alabama vs Texas A&M odds
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The Aggies opened this SEC matchup as 17-point home underdogs and the line has moved to +17.5 with 18s starting to pop up on the board. The total hit the board at 51.5 and has been bet down a tick to 51. Use the live odds widget above to track any future line movements right up until kickoff and be sure to check out the full college football odds before placing your bets.
Alabama vs Texas A&M picks
Picks made on 10/8/2021 at 5:30 p.m. ET.
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Alabama vs Texas A&M game info
• Location: Kyle Field, College Station, TX
• Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
• Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
• TV: CBS
Alabama vs Texas A&M betting preview
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Alabama: Drew Sanders LB (Doubtful).
Texas A&M: Myles Jones DB (Out), Luke Matthews OL (Out), Chase Lane WR (Questionable), Caleb Chapman WR (Questionable), Layden Robinson OL (Questionable).
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Betting trend to know
Alabama is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games overall. Find more NCAA betting trends for Alabama vs. Texas A&M.
Alabama vs Texas A&M predictions
Alabama -17.5 (-110)
This was supposed to be the year Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M challenged Alabama in the SEC West, but it looks like it’s the same old-same old.
It doesn’t help that the Aggies lost their starting quarterback early in the season, but their issues go much deeper than that. The offensive line play has been a mess and they haven’t been able to move the ball in consecutive losses to Arkansas and Mississippi State, even with great running backs like Isiah Spiller and Devon Achane. That doesn’t bode well against a ferocious Alabama front that ranks 14th in total defense.
The Aggies’ only hope in this game is a strong defense that ranks 41st in total yards and fifth in scoring defense. The problem is the offense cannot sustain drives and the defense will eventually tire out as the game wears on.
That’s tough against a normal offense, so imagine what it will be like going up against Heisman favorite Bryce Young and the Crimson Tide offense. Young is completing 73 percent of his passes for 1,365 yards with 17 touchdowns compared to just two picks. And, what makes Alabama truly dangerous, is that running back Brian Robinson Jr. is healthy again.
The Aggies won’t be able to contain all of the Tide’s weapons for 60 minutes, and once they get behind, they won’t be able to keep up. 'Bama wins this one by three touchdowns. Roll Tide.
Alabama -10.5 first half (-110)
Now. Playing in primetime at Kyle Field can be tough for any visiting team, but if there is a team that can handle the raucous 12th Man and still get off to a good start it’s Alabama.
The Tide have been an absolute force in the first half when playing SEC opponents dating back to last season. In fact, 'Bama is 10-0 against the first half spread in its last 10 games against SEC foes, and for good reason. Alabama is second in the nation in first half scoring, at 29.5 points per contest.
Texas A&M, on the other hand, only manages a meager 10.6 first-half points per game and it could be even tougher against an Alabama defense that is giving up just 4.8 first-half points to opposing teams so far this season. So, keep betting Bama on the first half spread until they show signs of slowing down.
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