LSU vs Alabama Betting Preview
Alabama is a double-digit favorite over LSU in what most perceive to be the Crimson Tide’s toughest remaining test.
Alabama has won the last two meetings, including last season’s 21-17 win in Baton Rouge. QB A.J. McCarron led a last-minute drive to help the Crimson Tide escape with a victory.
The Crimson Tide have covered the spread in 13 of their last 20 games as double-digit favorites. This is the first time LSU has been a double-digit dog in four seasons.
Both teams had last week off. LSU has covered the spread in its last four games after a bye week. Alabama has failed to cover in four of its last five games after a bye week.
The Tigers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 4-4-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Crimson Tide are 5-3 ATS. LSU is 7-2 on the totals; Alabama is 5-3.
According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 3-rated Crimson Tide and the No. 17-rated Tigers in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 35-23 win for the Crimson Tide on Saturday.
Kevin Norwood hauled in 6 passes for 112 yards against the Tennessee defense in the team's last game, leading Alabama over the Volunteers 45-10 on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Alabama's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 41.25 PPG, against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 31 this week at 21.89 PPG. The Crimson Tide aerial game is averaging 252 yards per game, more than the Tigers secondary allows through the air, 203.22 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Tigers feature the league's No. 68-rated road run defense, allowing 175.5 yards per game. Alabama, meanwhile, ranks No. 42 in rushing offense at home.
A few Tigers at Crimson Tide trends to consider:
LSU is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
LSU is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of LSU's last 9 games
LSU is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Alabama is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Alabama's last 11 games
Alabama is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
LSU at Texas A&M, Saturday, November 23rd
Alabama at Mississippi State, Saturday, November 16th