Checking the Las Vegas lines is usually a good starting point when wondering how games may fare. These are people who put their money where their mouth is.
Currently Alabama is anywhere from a six-and-a-half to a seven-point favorite. The over and under line is 38.
Now anybody can do the math from this point. If 'Bama is favored by seven and 28 points are scored, that makes the final score somewhere around Alabama 23, Va. Tech 15.
That's either not a lot of love for the Hokie offense or a lot of love for the Alabama defense. It just depends on whether you're an optimist or a pessimist.
Vegas sees Alabama getting at least three scores on Tech. This is less than what Alabama averaged a game last year, so are they loving the Hokie defense or questioning the new parts of the Crimson Tide offense?
Either way, Vegas hits closer to the under and over line more often than they do the point spread.
If that's true in this case, maybe we'll see something more like a 28-10 Alabama win if you believe in the Alabama offense and maybe a 20-18 game if you're a big defensive fan.
Knowing the odds just makes the game a lot more interesting. Enjoy the game, and may the best team win.