Can anyone stop the Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0 SU, 7-2 ATS)? The defending champs are three games away from sweeping the regular season, and they’ll probably be 10-0 after hosting the Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-5 SU and ATS) this Saturday, kicking off at noon Eastern on ESPN. Alabama opened as a 29-point chalk and remain there at press time.
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The Crimson Tide have beaten the odds as double-digit favorites all year long, but it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the nation’s No. 1 team at spreads this big. Impressive victories over Western Kentucky (+27 away) and Kent State (+42.5 away) were close shaves ATS, and the Tide coughed up the cash in a 34-6 win over Kentucky (+37 away).
Mississippi State are coming off a major 35-28 upset over then-No. 4 Texas A&M, winning as 11-point home dogs to improve to 3-0 ATS this year when getting at least 10 points. Saturday’s spread is the largest between these two teams since head coaches Nick Saban and Dan Mullen took over their respective programs; the previous record was set in 2013, when Saban and the Tide had to settle for a 20-7 victory as 23.5-point road favorites.
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