Alabama will face off against the Tigers for the first time as Southeastern Conference foes on Saturday inside Memorial Stadium in Columbia.  Let’s get a bettor's perspective, while offering an against-the-spread pick along the way.

Crimson Tide will look to jump on the Tigers early coming off a bye

Alabama sits atop the national rankings and will try to hold that spot heading into the first release of the BCS standings on Sunday, as the team should be well rested after enjoying a bye week.  The Crimson Tide have simply dominated opponents in the first half over their last 25 games, outscoring them by a significant 489-97 margin, which has led directly to having the lead or being tied in 25 straight games.  Sports bettors will want to take a close look at the first-half betting odds when they are released later in the week.

Missouri has never beaten a top-ranked team in the AP poll

MizzouThe Tigers have alternated wins and losses over their first six games of the 2012 campaign, as they come off a 19-15 setback against the Vanderbilt Commodores as seven-point home favorites, while going UNDER the total for the fourth consecutive week.  It’s hard to imagine an upset victory in this spot due to the school already losing its first three SEC games, especially when you consider its 0-12 straight-up record against top-ranked teams in the AP Top 25 poll.

Saban loves October

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has won two national championships since arriving in Tuscaloosa, which isn’t surprising when you consider his 15-1 record in the month of October.  Alabama has been incredible in this situation in its last six games against conference opponents, winning those contests by an average of 30.3 points.  College football handicappers will find that the program has covered its last five games during this particular calendar month.

Pinkel is familiar with the other sideline

Gary Pinkel ranks as the ninth-winningest active coach in major college football with 161 career victories, with 88 of those coming with the Tigers.  Missouri’s front man has never faced Saban in his career on the sidelines, but it’s important to note that the two were teammates during their playing days at Kent State.

 

McCarron is delivering under center

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron didn’t have to do much on the offensive end to win the national title, as he had the luxury of handing the ball off to star running back Trent Richardson, while the team had a suffocating defense on the other end.  He has thrown for 12 touchdowns in the first five games, which is the most in school history in the amount of time.  The junior ranks second in the conference with a 177.04 pass efficiency rating, as he’s failed to throw an interception in his last 206 attempts dating back to last year.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Tigers in this particular spot when making their Week 7 college football picks, as I find the coaching relationship significant in this contest.  Alabama has failed to cover six of its last seven games before playing the Tennessee Volunteers, while Saturday’s host is 20-14 against the spread after a home loss against a conference rival.

College Football Pick: Missouri Tigers +21.5