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Alabama vs LSU Betting Preview

In the re-match of last year's BCS championship game the 8-0 Crimson Tide of Alabama hit the bayou to tangle with the 7-1 Tigers of LSU Saturday night (8 pm ET, CBS).

The Tide, who lead the SEC's West Division at 5-0, were early 10-point road favorites over the Tigers, who are a game and a half back at 3-1.

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Betting Line: The home team opened as 8-point underdogs in this NCAA football battle at 5Dimes. The over under line was sitting at 42 with the best UNDER line at BetOnline as of mid-week.

Power Rankings / Prediction: According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 11-rated Tigers and the No. 1-rated Crimson Tide in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 56-40 win for the Crimson Tide on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits LSU's No. 51-ranked offense, averaging 31 PPG, against a Crimson Tide defense that ranks No. 1 this week at 8.1 PPG. The Tigers aerial game is averaging 177.4 yards per game, more than the Crimson Tide secondary allows through the air, 145.9 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Crimson Tide own the league's No. 2-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 46.7 yards per game when on the road. LSU, on the other hand, rates No. 20 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

In their last action, Alabama was a 38-7 winner at home against Mississippi State. They covered the 22-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (45) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Mississippi State didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Crimson Tide as Alabama blasted them 38-7 in Week 9 action.

LSU won its last outing, a 24-19 result against Texas A&M on October 20. LSU covered in that game as a 3.5-point favorite, while the 43 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Jeremy Hill ran through the Texas A&M defense for 127 yards in LSU's last game, handing the Aggies a 24-19 setback on Saturday at Kyle Field.

Alabama Crimson Tide Trends:
When playing in November are 7-3
When playing on grass are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 10-0
When playing within the conference are 9-1

LSU Tigers Trends:
When playing in November are 8-2
When playing on grass are 9-1
After being outgained are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 8-2

A few Crimson Tide at Tigers trends to consider:
Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Alabama's last 5 games on the road
Alabama is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing LSU
LSU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
LSU is 21-2 SU in its last 23 games
LSU is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Alabama
LSU is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Alabama home to Texas A&M, Saturday, November 10
LSU home to Mississippi State, Saturday, November 10