The No. 1 Alabama State will kick off the 2022 season in Saturday’s Chick-Fil-A kick-off game against the No. 14 Miami team.
The game is scheduled to be held at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta at 3:30 pm Eastern Time. The game will be broadcast on ABC TV.
Alabama is the defending national champion, and Nick Saban will try to lead another national championship game with a new offensive lineup. Bryce Young is the new quarterback, and he will work with the new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien. Crimson Tide has a strong defense, which should benefit from the addition of Tennessee transfer player Henry To’o To’o.
Miami has always been an early player in the NIL era, quarterback D’Eriq King returned after a torn ACL in the Cheez-It Bowl. The Hurricanes have improved under the leadership of third-year coach Manny Diaz, and this is another opportunity to prove this on the national stage.
Below is all the information about Chick-fil-A Kickoff betting.
Alabama vs. Miami odds
- spread: Alabama -18.5
- Below: 62.5
- Money line: Alabama -1000, Miami +620
Three trends to understand
— Alabama State led 10-0 in the neutral opener under coach Nick Saban. Crimson Tide won these games with an average of 26.7 points per game. This includes six ACC opponents.
— Alabama has an ATS record of 16-10 in the past two seasons, with Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator. This includes the 3-2 ATS mark in the neutral site game.
-In the last two seasons of Diaz, Miami was at a disadvantage with a 4-2 ATS record. The Hurricanes were 3-4 ATS in non-conference games during the same period.
Three things to pay attention to
— Bryce Young and De Eric King. Young and King have taken advantage of the early NIL opportunities, but this is a big stage for real money.
Young was his first starter and it will be interesting to see how O’Brien plays in the first half. Will Alabama choose to join Brian Robinson and Jess McClellan on a powerful offense to settle Yang? How big is Yang’s role in running competitions?
For King, the key is to prove that he has recovered from ACL surgery and tested the Alabama trio To’o To’o, Christian Harris, and Will Anderson Jr. Last season, Crimson Tide limited each opponent’s sprint attempt to 3.3 yards. The king will need to be a factor in the running game.
— Can Camron Harris play? Harris had 268 yards rushing and 4 TDs in the first two games of Miami last season, and was the main force of offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. However, in the three losses of the Hurricanes last season, Harris averaged only 24 passes per game for 79 yards. He needs to improve his efficiency as soon as possible in order to provide the King with a rushing channel, which will be a test for the top seven of the Alabama team.
— A new look receiver in Alabama. The departure of first-round picks DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle means that it is time for John Metchie III to step up as Crimson Tide’s main receiver. Ohio State University transfer Jameson Williams and receiver Slade Bolden are also key parts of the passing offense, and Young will have to read Miami security team Bubba Bolden, a potential first round Draft picks. Can the Hurricanes control this new set of receivers?
Last year, Alabama defeated its opponents. The Red Tide team defeated their opponents by a score of 153-44 in the first quarter and surged by a score of 229-92 in the second quarter. This is also the trend of neutral site openers.
In order for Miami to play a four-temper game, they must first score into Alabama and survive the first half. The young first-time starting quarterback is Miami’s best choice.
Alabama’s prediction for Miami
Can Miami generate passing sprints from the top four? This will be the key to confronting Yang, who can expand the game outside his pocket. Miami linebacker Brandon Jennings is a top returnee. He was sacked three times last season. The Hurricanes need to force at least three turnovers to have a chance.
Alabama will be able to rely on its offensive line to establish a run, and O’Brien will mix enough deep shots as soon as possible to keep the Hurricanes balanced. Crimson Tide played a knockout in the third quarter and won his first victory of the season.
Final result: Alabama 41, Miami 20