2020 Citrus Bowl Odds: Michigan vs. Alabama Spread, Over/Under & Our Projections

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Tim Fuller, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Shea Patterson

Citrus Bowl Odds: Michigan vs. Alabama

  • Odds: Alabama -7
  • Over/Under: 54.5
  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ABC
  • Location: Orlando, Fla.

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Michigan Betting Stats & 2019 Season Profile

  • Season Record: 9-3
  • Against-the-Spread Record: 7-5
  • Conference: Big Ten
  • Offense Yards Per Play Rank: 64
  • Defense Yards Per Play Rank: 6
  • S&P+ Special Teams Rank: 52

Analysis: Well, my preseason prediction of Michigan finally knocking off Ohio State, winning the Big Ten, and making a College Football Playoff run fell flat on its face. Josh Gattis wasn’t quite the genius offensive coordinator that I thought he’d be and Shea Patterson had some very questionable play throughout the season. Still, this team was playing much better towards the end of the season and the defense is absolutely for real. The Wolverines are third in yards per play, fifth in defensive efficiency, and eighth in defensive line score. This is essentially the same capsule that can be written about Michigan the last few years. At some point, Jim Harbaugh will have to prove he can beat Ohio State. I’m not sure Michigan is going to be highly motivated when they show up to a bowl game that is well below their season expectations. –Kyle Miller

All stats are regular season only


Alabama Betting Stats & 2019 Season Profile

  • Season Record: 10-2
  • Against-the-Spread Record: 6-6
  • Conference: SEC
  • Offense Yards Per Play Rank: 3
  • Defense Yards Per Play Rank: 19
  • S&P+ Special Teams Rank: 74

Analysis: The Crimson Tide ended on a sour note in Jordan-Hare Stadium with a loss to Auburn. The question remains of who will be on the field and how motivated will Alabama be for a bowl game that is not the College Football Playoff. Jaylen Waddle, Henry Ruggs III, Jerry Jeudy and DaVonta Smith are all expected to turn pro, leaving their attendance for the bowl game in question. The skill positions are not the only unit on the roster that may have departures. Jedrick Wills Jr. and Alex Leatherwood from the offensive line are expected to declare along with a handful of players from the defense. This bowl may turn into a preseason tryout for Nick Saban’s 2020 squad. –Collin Wilson

All stats are regular season only


Citrus Bowl Projections & Picks

  • Our projected spread: Alabama -5
  • Our projected over/under: 60.83

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