Arguably the biggest match in Week 1 of the new 2021 college football season will kick off Saturday mid-afternoon when the Alabama Crimson Tide begin their title defense against the Miami Hurricanes on the neutral grounds of Atlanta. With both sides coming off spirited 2020 campaigns, there’s no telling which team will come out looking more impressive right from the onset after this weekend’s colossal clash.
NitroBetting is ready to equip its bettors with all the latest previews and odds for Week 1 of the 2021 college football season. This time, we look at the season-opening matchup between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Miami Hurricanes. Find out more about the teams and the key players, event information, the latest 2021 College Football odds, and of course, helpful betting trends and expert betting predictions. Be sure to check the latest 2021 College Football odds at out online Bitcoin sportsbook.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Miami Hurricanes Game Information
- When: Saturday, September 4, 2021, 2:30 PM ET
- Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
- TV: ABC
- Radio: 100.9 FM (Alabama) / ESPN 1420 AM (Miami)
- Live Stream: CBS Sports
- College Football Odds: LSU (-2.5) / UCLA (+2.5)
Why Bet on the Alabama Crimson Tide?
Much like every season since Nick Saban’s arrival in Tuscaloosa in 2008, the Alabama Crimson Tide are pegged by pollers as the best team in the nation entering the new campaign. Rightfully so at that, as the Tide have won three national titles and missed the CFP Championship Game just once since 2015.
Even though eight of Alabama’s starters from the 2020 roster have made it to the NFL as top prospects, it’s foolish to think that the team will have a diminished pool of talent this season considering that recruits all over the nation would die for a chance to play under Saban’s dynasty. Nevertheless, it’ll be interesting to see if Bryce Young can handle the pressure as the Tide’s new starting quarterback in place of Mac Jones. Still, Bama’s outstanding defense will be hard to rival, as seven of the team’s starters from last season are back for another run at the national title.
Why Bet on the Miami Hurricanes?
Unlike the Crimson Tide, the Miami Hurricanes have consistency across the board in their own offense this season, as all offensive starters make their return in 2021 except for tight end Brevin Jordan. Thankfully, Miami has a promising prospect in Will Mallory (four receiving TDs last season) ready to fill the void left by Jordan.
A solid 8-3 record in 2020 has made the Hurricanes the No. 14 team in the country entering the new campaign. Dual-threat quarterback D’Eriq King has recovered relatively fast from the torn ACL he suffered at the Cheez-It Bowl game and should be good to go for Week 1. King already has 102 touchdowns (32 on the ground) across his three full seasons under center, with two of those years having been spent in Houston before transferring to Florida last season. What’s concerning, on the other hand, is that the Canes lost the bookends of their defensive line this offseason in defensive ends Jaelan Phillips and Quincy Roche.
Alabama vs. Miami Betting Trends
- The Crimson Tide are undefeated in their last 11 games as clear-cut favorites (8-3 ATS).
- The Crimson Tide are 5-1 in their last six matches against ACC opponents (4-2 ATS).
- The totals have gone under in four of those six matchups against teams from the Atlantic Coast.
- The Hurricanes went 4-1 last season in games not held on their home field (3-2 ATS).
- The Canes are just 1-5 against teams from the SEC of late, but did go 3-3 against the spread in those games.
- The totals have gone under in four of Miami’s last five games against Southeastern Conference opposition.
Alabama vs. Miami Expert Betting Predictions
It’s hard to bet against an Alabama program that has done nothing but win big consistently against any and all comers. Then again, there’s more existing experience on Miami’s offense compared to that of the Tide’s. The Canes can certainly put up points in a hurry with their own offense that scored over 40 points in five of their eight regular-season games in 2020, making them a rather tasty pick to cover the massive spread as underdogs this Saturday.
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