Texas Longhorns (1-0) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0)
Texas Longhorns vs. Alabama Crimson Tide 9/9/23 – On September 9, 2023, two renowned college football programs, Texas Longhorns and Alabama Crimson Tide, will meet for an early season showdown that promises to be explosively competitive. Both squads enter with unbeaten records of their own to further add tension. Texas will look to make an impression by defeating Crimson Tide; Alabama looks to defend its home unbeaten status at Bryant-Denny Stadium, and kickoff is set for 7:00 PM ET; ESPN will broadcast the game nationally.
Texas Longhorns’ offense excelled in its inaugural game. Key players included Running Back Jaydon Blue, who recorded 55 yards on just 10 attempts for an average of 5.5 per carry, and Wide Receiver Xavier Worthy, with 7 receptions totaling 90 yards; these two provide Texas with a balanced attack that can test even the most formidable defenses.
Alabama was led by Running Back Jase McClellan, who rushed 10 times for 39 yards and scored one touchdown, demonstrating his talent as a goal-line back. Wide Receiver Isaiah Bond also put up impressive numbers by collecting five passes for 76 yards, including one that went 47 yards deep for an Alabama score. Their offensive weaponry appears well-rounded, providing QB Tua Tagovailoa with multiple options to exploit during games like these. Check out our free daily football picks for more insights.
Texas Longhorns vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET|
Quinn Ewers QB vs. Jalen Milroe QB
The spotlight shines brightest on the quarterbacks, where Quinn Ewers of the Longhorns will be squaring off against Jalen Milroe of the Crimson Tide. Ewers, with a passer rating of 169.1, showed his worth by completing 19 out of 30 attempts for 260 yards and 3 touchdowns. His accuracy of 63.3% and zero interceptions highlight his composed performance under pressure. However, he did get sacked three times, exposing a potential vulnerability in pass protection.
In contrast, Milroe was nearly impeccable, with a 72.2% completion rate and a staggering passer rating of 217.8. With 194 passing yards and 3 touchdowns, Milroe demonstrates why Alabama continues to be a quarterback factory. Additionally, his zero interceptions show that he can make smart decisions. Both quarterbacks are yet to throw an interception this season, but Milroe’s higher passer rating and completion percentage give him a slight edge.
Odds/Point Spread: Alabama Crimson Tide -285, Total Odds: 53.5
Texas enters as the underdog with a spread of +7 and odds of -103, whereas Alabama is favored at -7 with odds of -117. The Moneyline for Texas stands at +240, and for Alabama, it is -285. The total is set at 53.5, with over/under odds of -110.
Texas Longhorns Betting Trends
Texas is 7-3 SU in their last 10 games but struggles against SEC teams, holding a 2-5 SU record in their last 7 games against SEC opponents. The Longhorns seem to enjoy September games, boasting a 14-4 SU record in their last 18 September outings. However, they are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games played on a Saturday. Texas has a tendency to be inconsistent, which makes them a somewhat risky pick against a team of Alabama’s caliber.
Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Trends
Alabama is an absolute behemoth at home, standing 10-0 SU in their last 10 home games. The Crimson Tide also dominates Big 12 opponents, with a 6-1 SU record in their last 7 games against them. Additionally, Alabama is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 September games, reinforcing their early-season dominance. These trends make Alabama a safer pick, especially when playing at home.
Texas Longhorns vs. Alabama Crimson Tide 9/9/23 Betting Picks
Given the dominant home record of Alabama and the betting trends favoring them, along with the impressive performance of QB Jalen Milroe, the smart pick would be Alabama both on the spread and Moneyline. While Texas has the talent and depth to make this an intriguing contest, Alabama’s home-field advantage and Milroe’s slight edge over Ewers make the Crimson Tide the favorite to come out on top in this marquee matchup. For more insights, check out our free latest sports picks and predictions.
Free Pick and Prediction: Alabama Crimson Tide will win 31-21.