LSU hasn’t been a double-digit underdog since 2000, but the betting continues to pour in on Alabama in this crucial SEC clash. The Tigers have won six of eight trips here and are capable of pulling the upset over the Crimson Tide.
Point spread: Alabama opened as nine-point favorites but were sitting at -13 midweek at some sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com; the total was 41. (Line updates and matchup report)
OddsShark.com computer prediction: 35-23 Alabama
Why LSU can cover the spread
The Tigers have plenty to play for in this game, even if this game isn't as big as it's been in the past. Remember Texas A&M and Bama last season? Don't think for a minute the Tigers wouldn't love to play a spoiler role in this game. They are fully capable with the No. 21 defense in the nation.
LSU has dominated the Tide here over the years with a 6-2 SU, 5-1-2 ATS streak.
Why Alabama can cover the spread
There hasn't been another team the past 12 years that has been as heavy a favorite against the Tigers. Whether or not the Crimson Tide is that good, or the Tigers are that far off this season, fact is Alabama is on a mission to win three straight titles, and this is not the time to stumble.
LSU may not be vying for the national championship, heck, it's not even in line for an SEC West title, but this is still the one game that is circled on the Tigers' calendar every year. LSU, if for one game, is going to play as if it's in line to win the BCS title, even if it doesn't mean a thing, except to the Tigers.
LSU 6-2 SU, 5-1-2 ATS at Alabama since 1997
LSU has not been double-digit road dog since losing 41-7 to Florida in