Utah State vs Alabama Week 1 Game Info
2022 NCAA College Football Game
Utah State Aggies (1-0, 0-0) vs. No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (0-0, 0-0)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Bryant-Denny Stadium — Tuscaloosa, AL
Week 1 of the 2022 NCAA college football season includes a showdown between the Utah State Aggies and No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. The Aggies opened up the new campaign with a Week 0 victory over UConn last week, led by running back Calvin Tyler Jr. turning 33 carries into 161 yards while quarterback Logan Bonner had 281 yards and a trio of touchdowns through the air.
Having said that, Alabama is a much stiffer test than UConn. The Crimson Tide are the No. 1-ranked team to start the year after an impressive campaign that saw them win the SEC Championship and Cotton Bowl Classic, only to lose to Georgia in the National Championship. Needless to say, Nick Saban and co. are hungry for more success.
Utah State vs Alabama Odds & Spread
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Moneyline: USU: (TBD) | ALA: (TBD)
Spread: USU: +42.5 (-118) | ALA: -42.5 (-104)
Total: 62.5 — Over: (-105) | Under: (-115)
Alabama enters this contest as the favorite on the spread. This 7:30 p.m. ET clash also features a total of 62.5, which is one of the highest of this week's college football projected totals.
Utah State vs Alabama Prediction & Pick
Alabama and Utah State have only met twice over the years, but both games ended with a dominant victory for the former. The Crimson Tide defeated the Aggies, 35-3, the last time they met in 2005 and have outscored their opponents 83-20 overall in both meetings.
While the last meeting was about 17 years ago, it doesn't change the fact that Alabama has the best team in the nation. Unfortunately for Utah State fans, the Aggies have dropped each of their last eight matchups against SEC schools. Furthermore, the Crimson Tide are 20-0 straight up in their last 20 games played in September.
Although I don't think that Alabama will cover the 42.5-point spread, a blowout Crimson Tide victory is the likeliest scenario.
Final Score Prediction: Alabama: 49 | Utah State: 19
Utah State vs Alabama Betting Trends
- Utah State is 10-2 against the spread (ATS) in its last 12 games played in September.
- Alabama is 1-4 ATS in its last five games against MWC schools.
- The total has hit the over in four of Utah State's last five Week 1 matchups.
- The total has hit the under in five of Alabama's last seven games.
Utah State vs Alabama Best Bet
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While I'm expecting Alabama to win big, they haven't had that match success ATS when it comes to MWC schools. Even though the Crimson Tide will get the decisive victory in the end, a 42.5-points spread is a lot for any team to cover.
Bet: Utah State +42.5 (-118)
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