High-Scoring Affair Between Alabama and Miami (FL) Expected in Week 1

Iain MacMillan
Bryce Young is set to start at quarterback for Alabama in 2021.
Bryce Young is set to start at quarterback for Alabama in 2021. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

The Alabama Crimson Tide open their season against one of their most intriguing opponents of the 2021 season, the Miami Hurricanes.

WynnBET has released odds for the game, and it has Alabama set as a 17-point favorite. What’s even more intriguing is it has the total for the game posted, and it's the only sportsbook to have totals set for Week 0 and Week 1 games. The total for the game is set at 63 points.

The defending national champions averaged the second most points per game last season, scoring an average of 48.5 points. Only Kent State averaged more, as the MAC school served up an average of 49.8.

Meanwhile, Miami was also one of the highest scoring teams in the country. The Hurricanes averaged 34 points per game, good for 24th among all teams.

As you would expect from an undefeated national championship team, the Crimson Tide had one of the best scoring defenses in the nation, allowing only an average of 19.4 points per game, which ranked 13th in the country.

Miami’s defense was around average in 2021, ranking 53rd in scoring defense while allowing an average of 27 points per game.

Basing your 2021 bets on 2020 results can be a dangerous game, but it’s worth noting that the averaged combined score in Alabama games last season was 67.9, while the averaged combined score in Miami’s games was 61 points per game.

Given those two averaged combined scores, I would take a shot on the over 63 points in the opening week showdown despite it being a high total at first glance.

The jury is still out on just how good Bryce Young will be as Mac Jones’ replacement behind center for the Crimson Tide, but Alabama averaged 358.2 passing yards per game last season so Young should find success through the air against Miami’s defense, which ranked 67th in stopping the pass in 2020.

This will be the first time these two teams will meet since New Years Day of 1993 when Alabama took down the Hurricanes 34-13 in the Sugar Bowl.

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