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LSU In Rare Position As Betting Underdog

A season full of promise has already deteriorated into chaos for LSU. The Tigers entered the season ranked No. 13 in the nation but have hit rock bottom after losing to Troy in Death Valley.

With the season already starting to seem like a writeoff, the Tigers find themselves in a rare position – they are the underdogs.

To be more specific, LSU is the betting underdog for a matchup against the Florida Gators in Gainesville this Saturday. This will be only the 28th time LSU has been a betting underdog in the past decade. When in this rare position, LSU hasn’t exactly shocked sportsbooks by going a lowly 8-19 SU and 10-13-4 ATS.

What makes the game this Saturday a particular anomaly is that LSU is an underdog against someone other than Alabama. Of the 27 times LSU has been the dog in the past 10 years, 10 of them have come against the Tide. We all respect that Alabama is a different breed of dominant in college football, so let’s see how LSU performed as dogs against everyone not coached by Nick Saban.

In LSU’s last 17 games when closing as an underdog vs anyone not named Alabama, they are just 6-11 SU and 7-7-3 ATS.

If you’re looking for more recent examples – I can understand if you don’t put stock into the 2008 LSU squad that featured Jarrett Lee at quarterback – the Tigers are 0-5 SU and 0-4-1 ATS in their past five as dogs.

The current LSU team is nothing but question marks. The offense is not very good – to put it kindly – and is at a complete loss when Derrius Guice has found himself on the sideline with an injury. The defense is good but not as good as LSU defenses of the past and without an offense to support them, they are getting run ragged.

Maybe the Tigers can still salvage their season. But a loss in Gainesville will have fans in Death Valley likely checked out for the remainder of the year.