NCAA FOOTBALL: Alabama vs Miami Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/04/2021

by James Q

NCAA FOOTBALL:  Alabama vs Miami Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/04/2021

Game Time:  3:30 EDT,  Saturday, September 4th, 2021
Venue: Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Where to Watch:  ABC

Opening MLB Odds at USA Sportsbooks

WYNNBET:  Alabama -18.5  O/U 61.5 points
MoneyLine:  Alabama -850,  Miami +550

Season Record

Alabama: 0-0 first game of season/   last year- undefeated (SEC)
Miami:  0-0  first game of season/    last year- 8-3  (ACC)
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Alabama vs Miami Preview and Analysis

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Alabama was 13-0 last season.  Star Players Mac Jones QB, RB Najee harris, WR DeVonta Smith all won awards and got drafted into the NFL.  They’ve been replaced by Bryce Young QB, RB Brian Robinson Jr, WR John Metchie III.  Bama beat the Ohio State Buckeyes in the national Championship game.
 Miami was 8-3 last season.  They were invited to the Cheez-it Bowl where they lost to Oklahoma State 37-34. The same game that quarterback D’Eriq King tore his ACL in.   

Offensive Analysis

Miami Quarterback D'Eriq King is coming off an ACL injury.  He is an uber-talented QB with 32 career starts, he has 9601 total yards, 110 touchdowns.  He is talented.  The question of whether there will be any rust or collision fear since the ACL has yet to be answered.  Miami has 19 starters returning to the roster this year and King should be surrounded with talent… just not as much as Alabama.
Alabama named Bryce Young the starting QB.  Bryce completed 15 passes in 2020 for 156 yards.  People who think Bryce will need some time don’t quite understand how the Alabama program works.  They stockpile top quarterback talent… and the BEST ones wait their turn.  Jalen became Tua became Mac Jones became Bryce Young.  

Defensive Analysis

Alabama gets into shootouts.  They outscore everybody.  The defense isn’t the focus. Still the defense is pretty great, only giving up 19 points a game last year… better than Georgia, Texas A&M
Head Coach Manny Diaz made multiple position switches with his defense.  Keontra Smith moved to linebacker, Amari Carter to Striker, Jalen Harrell moved from safety to cornerback... and apparently their pass defense should be much improved.  

Alabama vs Miami Prediction

The Alabama Crimson Tide won the SEC Championship and the National Championship, mowing down opponents in a perfect season that netted wide receiver DeVonta Smith the Heisman Trophy over Trevor Lawrence.  Quicker than you can say Mac Jones they re-loaded with 5-star freshmen recruits all over the roster!  Winner, winner chicken dinner, Bama can’t be beat!... Well they can… but not for some season opener in September in THEIR home away from home the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where they just won a big Bowl Game,  where they are unbeaten since a silly loss to Florida State in 2017.  The Miami Hurricanes were 8-3 last season and are loaded with athletes!, but they can’t handle the talent!  Sorry Canes.

The Prediction for Alabama vs Miami Saturday, September 4th is:  Alabama 48, Miami 22
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NCAAF Betting Trends

Alabama has beaten Miami 14 out of 17 times going all the way back to 1941.

Key Injuries

Quandarrius Robinson  LB, DUI three-car wreck,  should miss the game.
DeMarcco Hellams (ankle)  Questionable
D’Eriq King QB, may have dinged his knee, but is expected to play.
Donald Chaney Jr  RB,  Undefined injury, Questionable
Avantae Williams, S,  Disciplinary, Out Indefinitely.

Players to Watch

Bama:  Bryce Young.  A new quarterback at Alabama means we can start the NFL mock Draft stuff now.  Alabama Quarterbacks each come with a unique opportunity.  They will be put behind a great line and given great weapons.  They are expected to be on the Heisman watch list and to win a National Championship.  Anything that falls short in Bryce’s next couple of years is total failure.  The last 3 starting quarterbacks for Alabama will open the 2021 season as starters in the NFL  (Jalen, Tua, Mac)
Canes:  Charleston Rambo.  The owner of college football’s coolest name is a Cedar Hill, Texas product that transferred over from Oklahoma.  He was a four-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals coming into college and put up 1,180 yards in 76 catches and 9 TD’s for Oklahoma in limited action.  He came to Miami to get some run as a starter.  He’ll need to show up and show out!

Notable Quotes

"The offensive line is all back intact," -Nick Saban
“Zach’s just had a super year. From the day I walked in here to now, the guy’s just done everything you’d want. He’s done extra. He’s really, really improved himself as a player” - Defensive Line Coach Jess Simpson about defensive end star Zach McLoud

Starting Lineups

QB – Bryce Young
RB – Brian Robinson Jr.
WR's – John Methchie III, 
WR. -Jameson Williams 
WR - Slade Bolden 
TE – Cameron Latu
LT – Evan Neal
LG – Javion Cohen
C – Chris Owens or Darrian Dalcourt
RG – Emil Ekiyor Jr.
RT – Kendall Randolph

QB D’Eriq King
RB Cam’Ron Harris
WR Keyshawn Smith
WR Charleston Rambo
WR Mike Harley
TE Will Mallory
LT Zion Nelson
LG Jalen Rivers
C  Corey Gaynor
RG  Navaughn Donaldson
RT  DJ Scaife Jr
Alabama:  Nick Saban
Miami:  Manny Diaz

Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy, 84* as a high, 54% humidity, 5 mph winds.

James Q

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James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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