Colorado State vs. Alabama, 9-16-2017 - Pick and Prediction
Written by: Brian Spaen
Colorado State Rams (2-1 SU, 1-2 ATS)
vs Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS)
When: Saturday, Sep 16th, 7:00 PM ET
Line: Alabama -28
TV/Live Stream: ESPN2, WatchESPN
Alabama will host their second straight home game at Bryant-Denny Stadium and will take on Colorado State from the Mountain West Conference. They blew past Fresno State in their home opener and are looking for the same results against the Rams. After dropping their in-state rivalry to Colorado, CSU was able to bounce back in a tune-up game against FCS Abilene Christian.
Colorado State generates 600 yards against FCS foe
The Rams had no trouble getting back into form after a dismal showing against Colorado a week prior. They netted 605 total yards on FCS Abilene Christian and flexed their muscles on defense by stopping the running attack. Quarterback Nick Stevens wasn’t the most efficient passing the ball (completed 25-of-40 passes), but he did rack up 337 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 pick. Michael Gallup was his favorite receiver, grabbing 10 receptions for 103 yards and getting one of those TDs. Detrich Clark complimented that performance with a touchdown and 67 yards on six catches himself.
The running attack was also dominant with 268 yards. Two halfbacks stole the show — Izzy Matthews and Dalyn Dawkins had 12 carries each for a combined 162 yards. Dawkins was able to punch it into the endzone for a score, and the only blemish on his day was coughing up a fumble. Over on defense, Josh Watson led the team with seven total tackles (four solo) and 1.5 tackles for loss. Trey Sutton’s lone tackle was the only quarterback sack of the day.
Alabama’s offense hits another gear against Fresno State
Alabama may not have covered their lofty spread against Fresno State, but they still won by a convincing 41-10 margin. Quarterback Jalen Hurts looked better than the season opener. He was an efficient 14-of-18 passing with 128 yards and a touchdown. He also reeled in 154 yards on the ground in 10 carries for two more scores. All the scores happened as the team just dipped into the second quarter and tallied up a 21-3 lead. Another score by Damien Harris made it 28-3 before the break and that essentially ended the contest.
Damien ended his day with 32 yards on six carries. The other Harris, Najee Harris, led the running backs with 70 yards on 13 carries. Bo Scarbrough reeled in 36 yards on six carries. In all, Alabama had just a shade below 500 yards of total offense. Their quarterbacks combined completed 20-of-27 passes, but the running game combined had over 300 yards. It was a relatively clean game by both teams — just five penalties combined. It helped they didn’t have to face a defense like Florida State, but Alabama’s offense had no problems in their home opener.
Colorado State is:
- Not available
- 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games after an ATS loss
- 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games against teams with a winning record
Alabama should cruise against another Mountain West opponent at home. The Rams are better opponents than the Bulldogs, but their performance against Colorado earlier this season left a lot to be desired.
Pick: Alabama -28
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