(1) ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (8-0, 5-0 SEC) @ (13) LSU TIGERS (5-2, 3-1 SEC)
WHERE: Tiger Stadium – Baton Rouge, LA
KICKOFF: 8 p.m. ET on CBS
LINE: ALA -8
This might very well be the game of the year across college football, the undisputed top dog in the sport Alabama heads into extremely hostile territory and face a rejuvenated LSU team that still very much has a shot at the CFB Playoff all of a sudden.
Alabama is No. 1 in the country, undefeated, the reigning national champions and the favorite to win it all again… in other news, the sky is still blue! Seriously, it’s Alabama against the field, and I’ll probably take the Tide in that bet. They will be playing their fourth consecutive ranked opponent, having won the previous three by at least 19 points.
It seemed rather dark down in the Bayou early on, especially when the Tigers were all but forced to relieve Les Miles of his duties after a 2-2 start and averaging just 21 points per game. In comes interim Ed Orgeron, who in his last two interim gigs (USC, 2013) has posted a 9-2 record. Since he assumed the head coaching role, LSU has scored at least 38 points per contest.
LSU has a spark going, and is at home. A win over their division rival will do them some good in more ways than one. But the Tide have won five straight meetings, three of which by at least two touchdowns.