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Alabama vs. Texas picks and best bets for Week 2

The Crimson Tide and Longhorns meet at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in a future preview of the SEC.

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 3: Jermaine Burton #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide blows a kiss to the fans after an early touchdown against the Utah State Aggies at Bryant Denny Stadium on September 3, 2022 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Photo by Brandon Sumrall/Getty Images

The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide meets the Texas Longhorns in a much-anticipated matchup of established college football powers on Saturday, September 10 at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m. ET and the game serves as the unofficial preview of the future of the SEC.

Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!

SP+ Rankings

Alabama: 2 overall, 2 offense, 3 defense
Texas: 31 overall, 19 offense, 47 defense

Injury update


TE Cameron Latu - Probable (knee)

WR Tyrell Harell - Questionable (foot)

WR Aaron Anderson - Out (knee)

WR Jojo Earle - Out (foot)


DL Alfred Collins - Out (leg)

WR Isaiah Neyor - Out (knee)

OL Junior Angilau - Out (knee)

WR Agiye Hall - Out (suspension)


Against The Spread

Alabama: 1-0 ATS
Texas: 1-0 ATS


Alabama: Over 0-1
Texas: Over 0-1

Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports

Alabama: 1 overall, 1 offense, 1 defense
Texas: 7 overall, 3 offense, 6 defense

Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Alabama -20.5 (-110)
Total: 65.5
Moneyline: Alabama -1400, Texas +850

Opening line: Alabama -20
Opening total: 65.5


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The Pick

Alabama -20.5

The Longhorns will surely make it interesting throughout the game, but it’s hard to imagine Texas keeping it relatively close against the talent level of the Crimson Tide. Nick Saban has Alabama disciplined and they make very few mistakes, or at least they don’t hinder themselves. Texas is also 5-11 all-time against No. 1 ranked teams, and their offensive line should be tested thoroughly against the Crimson Tide’s front seven.

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