Alabama vs Louisville : It’s not often an FCS team is favored when facing an FBS program, but in Northern Arizona’s opener against the UTEP Miners on Saturday — it is pretty close.
ESPN currently gives the Lumberjacks a 50.1 percent chance to beat the Miners on the road in El Paso, Texas. When looking at how UTEP’s 2017 season went, Northern Arizona’s chances make sense.
UTEP went winless last season with an 0-12 record and was ranked last out of 130 FBS programs in total yards of offense, offensive yards per game and points per game — scoring a mere 11.8 per game.
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Defensively the Miners were tied for 12th worst, allowing 36.8 points per game and had the 12th worst rushing defense allowing 234.3 yards per game. The team’s best unit defensively was the defensive backfield as they had the 47th best passing defense in the FBS, giving up 212.3 yards per game.
Alabama vs Louisville: The Alabama Crimson Tide begin defense of their latest national title Saturday at 8 p.m. ET when they face the Louisville Cardinals at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Alabama is a 24.5-point sportsbook favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 62. Before you make any Alabama vs. Louisville picks, listen to what SportsLine senior analyst Josh Nagel has to say. A Nevada-based expert with 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel has hit 60 percent of his bowl picks over the past two seasons. He came on strong at the end of last year with an undefeated run on his spread selections in the College Football Playoffs.
What’s more, he has had a keen eye for these two programs. Nagel boasts an impressive spread record of 8-1 in games involving these two clubs, including a 4-0 mark on Louisville. Now, Nagel has analyzed all the key details of Saturday’s game and released a confident point-spread selection, which he’s sharing over at SportsLine.