We’ve got a top 10 matchup on our hands in Baton Rouge this Saturday as the No. 6 Alabama Crimson Tide visits the No. 10 LSU Tigers with kickoff set for 7:00 p.m. ET on November 5 in Death Valley. This game has major implications for both the SEC Championship and the College Football Playoff, both of which are in reach for each team with their Saturday opponent standing in the way as their biggest obstacle.
Alabama (7-1) is coming off a bye week, but crushed Mississippi State two weeks ago after a last-second loss to Tennessee. LSU (6-2) also took a bye last week following a huge win over a ranked Ole Miss team. The Tigers’ two losses were to Tennessee in a blowout and to Florida State thanks to a missed extra point in their season opener.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Alabama: No. 3 overall, No. 5 offense, No. 5 defense
LSU: No. 16 overall, No. 27 offense, No. 20 defense
WR Jack Bech - Probable (back)
Against The Spread
Alabama: 5-3 ATS
LSU: 5-3 ATS
Alabama: Over 3-5
LSU: Over 3-5
Overall Talent from 247Sports
Alabama: No. 1 overall, No. 1 offense, No. 1 defense
LSU: No. 5 overall, No. 5 offense, No. 7 defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Alabama -13.5
Moneyline: Alabama -520, LSU +410
Opening line: Alabama -13
Opening total: 58
I’m looking at this as a matchup between Nick Saban and Brian Kelly — a matchup we’ve seen several times before that always ends the same way: a blowout. I think LSU is able to keep it close until the half, but Alabama will become Alabama in the second half and win by at least two touchdowns. Sure, this Crimson Tide team has come down to the wire a few times this season, but they’ve beaten everyone aside from an insane Tennessee offense. And this is still Brian Kelly.