John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE
In recent years, it's never been a smart play to back a visiting team that has to play in front of the hostile LSU crowd on a Saturday night in Death Valley. However, Alabama is the type of mature, well-coached, veteran-laden team that should have no trouble handling the raucous environment.
Nick Saban's squad has looked like it's been on a mission this season, as it's steamrolled over every opponent that had the misfortune of stepping out on the field with the Tide.
AJ McCarron has developed into one of the most consistent and efficient quarterbacks in the country, while the Alabama defense has once again been the most dominant unit in college football.
LSU has plenty of talent and playmakers. However, the Tigers seem to lack the swagger and determination that made last year's team special.
If McCarron and company can build up an early lead, take the crowd out of the game and force Zach Mettenberger to make plays with his arm, the Tide will have a huge advantage, and they should be able to win this one by double-digits.