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College Football Gambling: Alabama takes steps to stop up-tempo offenses

09.14.2016     09:32 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
If there's been one knock against the Alabama Crimson Tide in recent years it's their "inability" to stop high powered up-tempo offenses; particularly against this week's opponent, Ole Miss, who has won the last two meetings. Looking over the last three seasons, the Crimson Tide is 7-5 SU and 5-7 ATS against teams that are noted for using an up-tempo/spread system.

2013 (2-2 SU, 1-3 ATS) 
vs. Oklahoma - 45-31 SU/ATS loss 
at Auburn - 34-28 SU/ATS loss 
vs. Ole Miss - 25-0 SU Win/ATS win 
at Texas A&M - 49-42 SU win/ATS loss

2014 (2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS) 
vs. Ohio State - 42-35 SU/ATS loss 
vs. Auburn - 54-44 SU/ATS win 
vs. Texas A&M - 59-0 SU/ATS win 
at Ole Miss - 23-17 SU/ATS loss

2015 (3-1 SU, 2-2 ATS) 
vs. Clemson - 45-40 SU win/ATS loss 
at Auburn - 29-13 SU/ATS win 
at Texas A&M - 41-23 SU/ATS win 
vs. Ole Miss - 43-37 SU/ATS loss

But according to Ole Miss, Bama is already starting to morph its stop unit in order to combat the spread.

"Yeah, it didn't take them long to catch up," Freeze said. "They have a great rotation, they have great depth, it is predetermined a lot of times when the rotation is occurring so it is like they are matching you really well in the tempo stuff."

"It's a little bit more of a finesse defense," Engram said. "They're still really physical and really strong up front and really good against the run, but they definitely move around a lot better and way better in coverage."

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