We always talk about the old cliché of how difficult it is to repeat as a champion. On top of that, we also look at the defending champion and look for little flaws that might make it totally impossible for them to win it all again. In the case of the Alabama Crimson Tide, those flaws looked pretty glaring coming into the 2016 college football season. They had, as always, lost a ton of talent to the NFL, plus, they hadn’t really decided on which QB would be under center to start the season. Question marks were raised, but those of us with any sort of memory will remember that these are very similar questions to the ones that Nick Saban has faced during his coaching tenure with Alabama, and we all know how well that has gone. The champions come into this week a perfect 3 and 0, and have a rather easy looking task ahead of them in the shape of the Kent State Golden Flashes. The biggest question here is whether or not Alabama can cover the massive 43.5-point college football spreads.
Here’s a Closer Look At The Golden Flashes At Crimson Tide College Football Expert Picks
When: Saturday, September 24 at 12 PM EST
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
TV: SEC Network
Live Stream: NCAA Live
NCAAF Odds: Alabama Crimson Tide -44
Why bet on the Kent State Golden Flashes
If Kent State Golden Flashes are to keep things respectable this weekend, they are going to have to find a way to create some offense and keep the Alabama attack off the field. The problem here is that the Golden Flashes have only averaged 299 yards of total offense through their first 3 games of the season. If they can’t find a way to get some first downs and keep the clock moving, this thing is going to get very ugly in a hurry. One thing to consider here is the size of the spread, and you have to keep in mind that Kent State have found a way to cover in all three of their games so far this season.
Why bet on the Alabama Crimson Tide
It’s fair to say that the question about the quarterback position has been answered, as Jalen Hurts has very much looked the part through the opening three weeks. While he has been efficient in throwing the ball, the ground attack has also been absolutely devastating so far. They were really put to the test last week in a 48-43 come from behind win against Ole Miss, where the runners put up a staggering 334 yards on the ground. That now means that Alabama are averaging 233 rushing yards per game, but I think they are going to allow Hurts to use his arm a little more this weekend, just to give the kid some target practice.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This should really amount to nothing more than a glorified practice game for Alabama, and while I am not particularly a fan of those huge spreads, I do think that the Crimson Tide will cover this one.