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In one of the most highly anticipated college football regular season matchups in recent memory, the No. 1 LSU Tigers go on the road to take on the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide.

LSU holds a 3-2 SU advantage over Alabama over the last five years, but the Crimson Tide are 3-1-1 ATS over that span. [ See full article on LSU vs Alabama prop odds for this huge game ]

Trent Richardson has rushed for 989 yards and 17 touchdowns this season and could make a strong case for the Heisman with a big game Saturday.

The Crimson Tide sit at 8-0 (7-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Tigers are currently 8-0 (6-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Alabama is 4-4 OU, and LSU is 4-3-1 OU.

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LSU vs Alabama Betting Line: Fans backing the Crimson Tide here saw them open as 6-point favorites in this college football clash. The total settled in at 43 early in the week, check over at Bovada for the best NCAA football underdog lines closer to game time.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Crimson Tide sit at No. 1 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Tigers are at No. 3 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Crimson Tide will win this game 57-52.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Alabama's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 39.4 PPG, against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 3 this week at 11.5 PPG. The Crimson Tide aerial game is averaging 228.4 yards per game, more than the Tigers secondary allows through the air, 174.8 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Tigers own the league's No. 7-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 77.7 yards per game when on the road. Alabama, on the other hand, rates No. 30 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

LSU won its last outing, a 45-10 result against Auburn on October 22. LSU covered in that game as a 21-point favorite, while the 55 combined points took the game OVER the total.

Alabama was a 37-6 winner in their most recent outing at home against Tennessee. They covered the 30–point spread as favorites, while the total score (43) made winners of UNDER bettors.

LSU Tigers Trends:
When playing in November are 5-5
When playing on grass are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 8-2

Alabama Crimson Tide Trends:
When playing in November are 8-2
When playing on grass are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 8-2

A few Tigers at Crimson Tide trends to consider:
LSU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LSU's last 5 games when playing Alabama
LSU is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Alabama
LSU is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Alabama
Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Alabama's last 5 games when playing LSU
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Alabama's last 12 games at home

Next up:
LSU home to Western Kentucky, Saturday, November 12
Alabama at Mississippi State, Saturday, November 12

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