College Football Week 5 Picks: Mississippi Rebels vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Jeff GrantContributor ISeptember 26, 2013

College Football Week 5 Picks: Mississippi Rebels vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    The Alabama Crimson Tide are 24-7 versus ranked opponents over the last six seasons, which is important to consider when making your college football Week 5 picks Saturday, as they prepare to take on the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

    Sports bettors will find that the Crimson Tide are 14.5-point home favorites in the NCAA football odds, with the betting total sitting at 55.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Southeastern Conference matchup from a betting perspective while offering up a prediction along the way.

     

    *Gambling stats via SBR Forum.

Mississippi Rebels

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    The Mississippi Rebels are 3-0 for the first time since 1989. They enjoyed a bye week last week after picking up a 44-23 victory over the Texas Longhorns as 2.5-point road underdogs on Sept. 14.

    College football handicappers will find that the Rebels are 0-7 SU and 3-4 against the spread as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points over the last two-plus seasons.

Alabama Crimson Tide

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    The Alabama Crimson Tide picked up a 31-6 win over the Colorado State Rams as 40-point home favorites last Saturday, but they still rank last in the Southeastern Conference in rushing, averaging just 132 yards per game.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Crimson Tide are 8-1 straight up and 7-2 against the spread as favorites of 10.5 to 21 points, with the OVER going 5-4 in that situation.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total, as the OVER is 5-2 in the Alabama Crimson Tide's last seven games after gaining less than 100 yards on the ground in their previous contest.

    College Football Pick: Over 55.5

     

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