Utah State vs. Alabama 2022 College Football Week 1 Odds, Preview & Pick

By Hank Blaine

To no surprise, Alabama opens the college football season as the No. 1 team in both polls and as the betting favorite to win the national title after losing in last season’s championship game to Georgia. Bama hosts Utah State on Saturday as a huge favorite.

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Utah State vs. Alabama Game Information

  • When: Saturday, September 3, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
  • Where: Bryant–Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • TV: SEC Network
  • Radio: KZNS 1280 The Zone (Utah State) // Tide 100.9 FM (Alabama)
  • Live Stream: SEC Network
  • College Football Odds: Utah State (+39.5) // Alabama (-39.5)

Why Bet on the Utah State Aggies?

Utah State played in Week Zero and rallied from down 14 points down to beat visiting UConn 31-20. Aggies senior quarterback Logan Bonner was 20-of-29 for 281 yards and three touchdowns as Utah State improved to 2-0 all-time against UConn. Wide receiver Brian Cobbs made his Aggie debut by leading all receivers in the game with seven catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Bonner also threw touchdown passes to junior wide receiver Kyle Van Leeuwen and senior wide receiver Justin McGriff as that duo caught three passes each for 54 and 53 yards, respectively. Running back Calvin Tyler Jr. led Utah State’s ground attack with 161 yards on 33 carries, helping the Aggies, who win six games in 2021 after trailing by double digits, amass 542 yards of total offense, including 261 on the ground.

Utah State has won each of its last two games against Power 5 opponents with a 26-23 win at Washington State and a 24-13 win against Oregon State in the 2021 Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl. Furthermore, USU head coach Blake Anderson has won each of his last three games against Power 5 opponents, which includes a 35-31 win at Kansas State in 2020 while at Arkansas State.

USU is 0-2 all-time against the top-ranked team in the nation as it lost at No. 1 BYU, 38-13, on Nov. 24, 1984, and lost at No. 1 Nebraska, 42-6, on Oct. 2, 1971. Utah State is 6-63 all-time against Associated Press-ranked teams, but has won five of its last 14 meetings, including its 46-13 win at No. 19 San Diego State last year in the Mountain West Championship game. USU’s other wins against nationally ranked opponents includes a 52-26 home win against No. 21 Boise State in 2015; a 35-20 win at No. 18 BYU in 2014, as the Cougars are the highest-ranked AP team the Aggies have ever defeated; a 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl; a 48-41 overtime win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech in 2012; and, a 20-19 home win against No. 25 Fresno State in 1991.

Utah State has won its last eight away games (7 road, 1 neutral site), which is the longest active streak in the nation. USU’s seven-game road winning streak is also tied with Georgia (7), and trails Notre Dame (10) and Cincinnati (8), for the third-longest active streak in the nation.

Why Bet on the Alabama Crimson Tide?

Alabama brings back Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young and it will mark only the second time in USU history it will face a Heisman winner. During the 1991 season, USU played at BYU, which returned senior QB Ty Detmer, the Heisman Trophy winner from the previous season.

Young is the second to return to the Tide after winning the Heisman, joining running back Mark Ingram II, who won the 2009 Heisman. Young threw for 4,872 yards, 47 touchdowns and set school records for attempts (547) and completions (366) in 2021.

Alabama has been dominant in season openers during head coach Nick Saban’s tenure. The Tide are 15-0 under Saban in them and have outscored opponents 610-176 in those games and have outgained the opposition, 6,658-3,273. The Tide has averaged 40.7 points per opening contest under Saban and given up just 11.7 points per game. UA has also amassed 443.9 total yards per opener and surrendered just 218.2 yards in those matchups. Alabama is currently riding a 20-game winning streak in the team’s first game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

While at Alabama, Saban has only two losses to non-conference opponents during the regular season, both of which came in 2007 (14-21 vs. Florida State (Jacksonville) and 14-21 vs. ULM). His record against non-conference opponents in both the regular and postseason at the Capstone is 68-8 (.895).

Saban has coached the most games as the Associated Press Poll’s No. 1 team among active head coaches. Following the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship, Saban has coached 95 games as the nation’s top-ranked team, which is 74 more games than second-place Dabo Swinney, who has totaled 21 games at No. 1.

Alabama and Utah State will meet for the third time. The Crimson Tide lead 2-0 with the last meeting coming on Oct. 29, 2005 in Tuscaloosa, a 35-3 win for UA.

Utah State vs. Alabama Betting Trends

  • Aggies are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 road games.
  • Aggies are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 games following a straight up win.
  • The total went over in 4 of Utah State’s last 5 games played in week 1.
  • Crimson Tide are 14-5 ATS in the last 19 home games.
  • Crimson Tide are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • The total went under in 5 of Alabama’s last 7 games.

Utah State vs. Alabama Expert Betting Predictions

Alabama 41, Utah State 17.

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