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LSU In Rare Position As Betting Underdog

Who exactly are these LSU Tigers? It is hard to tell. LSU opened the season 3-2 with losses to Syracuse and Troy. Since then, LSU has rattled off three straight wins, with two of them coming against ranked opponents. 

However, LSU travels to Tuscaloosa this weekend to take on an Alabama team that looks absolutely unstoppable. Entering that game, the Tigers are a massive 21-point underdog. That is the biggest underdog LSU has been in program history and the first time ever that they have been spotted 20-plus points.

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.

Of those previous 27 times LSU has been an underdog, 10 have come against Alabama. In those 10 games against the Tide, LSU is just 2-8 SU and 3-7 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 1-5 SU and 1-4-1 ATS in their past six as dogs.

LSU’s offense has been getting better and better during their current three-game winning streak with the team seeing their offensive yards and points increase in each outing. Senior quarterback Danny Etling has been very effective in that span, completing 31 of 53 passes with four touchdowns and no turnovers. With LSU getting competent play under center, the defense has not been run ragged like earlier in the season, which has allowed them to be dominant when on the field. 

History says that we should not be expecting an upset this Saturday in Alabama but this rivalry is one that is above trends. The hatred LSU and Alabama feel for each other makes every game a battle. 

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