- Alabama faces Tennessee in a Week 7 matchup between two undefeated SEC teams
- Opening Alabama vs Tennessee odds list the Crimson Tide as 8.5-point road favorites
- Read below for the full opening Alabama vs Tennessee odds, plus projected line movement
Opening odds have been released for a huge Week 7 SEC showdown between No. 3 Alabama and No. 6 Tennessee. ESPN’s College Gameday will be on the scene in Knoxville on Saturday for this matchup between two undefeated programs.
The opening Alabama vs Tennessee odds list the Crimson Tide as 8.5-point road favorites. Money has already come in on the underdog, dropping the line to -7 and -7.5, depending on which sportsbook you look at.
Let’s take an early look at the Alabama vs Tennessee odds and predict the line movement.
Opening Alabama vs Tennessee Odds
|Alabama Crimson Tide||-8.5 (-110)||TBD||TBD|
|Tennessee Vols||+8.5 (-110)||TBD||TBD|
Odds as of Oct. 9th at FanDuel. Use the FanDuel Sportsbook promo code to make your bet.
Kickoff for Alabama vs Tennessee is 12:30 pm EST on Saturday, October 15th. CBS will carry the broadcast.
Tide Survive Aggies
Alabama narrowly avoided another upset loss to Jimbo Fisher’s Texas A&M in Week 6. Playing without reigning Heisman winner Bryce Young due to injury, the Tide needed two late stops from the defense to pull out a 24-20 victory.
The performance was as ugly as it gets for a team of Alabama’s caliber. The Crimson Tide committed four turnovers, including two fumbles from QB Jalen Milroe, plus missed a pair of field goals from the usually reliable Will Reichard.
The big question is whether Bryce Young will play against Tennessee. There’s clearly a drop-off between the two ‘Bama quarterbacks, as evidenced by Milroe’s ball control issues. The youngster also threw an interception while accounting for 294 yards of total offense.
Nick Saban didn’t have a succinct Bryce Young injury update after the game, simply stating “we’ll see how he progresses”. Jahmyr Gibbs has stepped up in the run game with Young injured, rushing for 360 yards over the past two weeks.
Based on this, sounds like Bryce Young will play next week on the road at Tennessee.
Nick Saban says Young was ready to play late in the game against Texas A&M pic.twitter.com/rXwdSakKb7
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) October 9, 2022
In their first full game without Young, the Tide came nowhere close to covering the 24-point spread vs A&M. The Tide are still 4-2 ATS on the season, including covering the 17-point number in their last road game at Arkansas.
Vols Demolish LSU
Tennessee is off to a 5-0 start for the first time since 2016 following a commanding victory over LSU in Week 6. Top-five Heisman favorite Hendon Hooker passed for 239 yards and two TDs to help the Vols cruise to a 40-13 victory.
Tennessee was a three-point favorite in the game, and they had no problem covering the spread at Tiger Stadium. The Vols have been one of the best teams this year at covering the number, sporting a 4-1 record ATS.
The Volunteers dominated the line of scrimmage Saturday, getting constant pressure on LSU QB Jaydon Daniels and sacking him five times. Tennessee’s pass rush will be key in Week 7 regardless of whether they face Milroe or Young.
Tennessee does have some injuries of their own, as they were without left tackle Gerald Mincey and star receiver Cedric Tillman vs LSU. The latest Cedric Tillman injury update is he is doing limited physical activity with the team and hoping to return vs Alabama.
What Tennessee has done offensively without Cedric Tillman is pretty damn impressive
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) October 8, 2022
Tennessee’s offense has proven to be explosive even without Tillman, but getting him back vs Alabama could certainly impact the betting line. The Vols have put up 30-plus points in each week despite Tillman only playing two full games this season.
Alabama vs Tennessee Expected Line Movement
The Alabama vs Tennessee betting line is likely going to be reactionary to some key injury updates. Young is arguably the best quarterback in college football, and he went for almost 400 yards when the Tide beat the Vols 52-24 last season in Tuscaloosa.
If Young’s confirmed to play, the line could tick up a point or two in Bama’s direction. On the flip side, however, Tillman is one of the best receivers in the draft class and his status could offset any significant line movement barring he’s good to go.
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) October 9, 2022
In terms of where the public money will be going, we’ll likely see more cash come in on the home team. The Tide have had a couple “struggle wins” against Texas and Texas A&M, while the Vols have only had one really close game (Week 2, Pitt).
Tennessee owns a 15-game losing streak against Alabama, however, and the last time this game was close was 2015. The total is what’s most likely to get slammed, as the Vols have a potent offense but boast question marks on defense.