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Alabama QB AJ McCarron
Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. ET
The Saturday SEC slate will come to a close on Saturday night with the prime time, national network television broadcast of the "Game of the Century, Part 3."
Alabama will roll into Baton Rouge as 9.5-point favorites over LSU in Death Valley.
LSU a two-score underdog in a night game? Talk about a slap in the face.
The reason for the disrespect is that LSU has been unable to stretch the field in the passing game under first-year starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
Mettenberger ranks ninth in the SEC with 177.4 passing yards per game, 12th in passing efficiency with a rating of 124.4 and 11th in touchdown passes with seven—one fewer than Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith, who has only played in four games.
To the Tigers' credit, they have stayed in the national title hunt by using an ultra-conservative, ground-and-pound approach; but head coach Les Miles may have to revert back to the "Mad Hatter" style that made him so successful in his early years at LSU.
Alabama hasn't been tested this year due in large part to a rather easy early-season schedule, but that doesn't change the fact that it looks like a top-tier team should look against lesser competition.
The Tigers will open it up a bit, which will force Alabama to do so as well, and this game will be much more visually appealing than last season's 9-6 overtime battle in Tuscaloosa.
LSU will get a little creative and make this a four-quarter battle, but Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron will have his Heisman moment in the fourth quarter and lead his team to a hard-fought win in the bayou.
Score Prediction: Alabama 24 - LSU 21