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Utah State vs. Alabama picks and best bets for Week 1

After a warm-up game in Week 0, Utah State travels to Bryant-Denny Stadium to take on Alabama.

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The Alabama Crimson Tide begin their nearly annual march to the College Football Playoff with a non-conference game against the Utah State Aggies. The contest kicks off Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Let’s dive into all the data you need as well as a pick for the game.

SP+ Rankings

Utah State: No. 122 overall, No. 92 offense, No. 124 defense
Alabama: No. 1 overall, No. 2 offense, No. 4 defense

Injury update

Utah State



WR JoJo Earle - OUT (foot)
WR Tyler Harrell - OUT (foot)


Against The Spread

Utah State: 0-0 ATS
Alabama: 0-0 ATS


Utah State: Over 0-0
Alabama: Over 0-0

Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports

Utah State: No. 94 overall
Alabama: No. 1 overall

Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Alabama -41.5
Total: 63
Moneyline: N/A

Opening line: Alabama -34


83 degrees, 5 MPH wind, 50% chance of rain

The Pick: Over 63

Among FBS-on-FBS matchups this week, few if any will feature a greater talent discrepancy than Utah State versus Alabama. The Crimson Tide could feasibly hit the over without assistance, but the Aggies and returning starting quarterback Logan Bonner should do enough to push this comfortably over the total.

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