LSU Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide : It is officially being labeled the “Game of the Century” between two powerhouse programs from the SEC. In one corner, you have the Alabama Crimson Tide, the No. 3 team in the country. In the other corner, the No. 2 LSU Tigers.
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Considering the NFL talent, the rivalry and the overall excitement surrounding this game, it is not a surprise to see fans get chills over the University of Alabama’s latest hype video, which dropped on Friday afternoon:
The college football game of the year takes place on Saturday when the No. 2 LSU Tigers collide with the No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers (8-0) already have three victories over top-10 teams: No. 9 Texas, No. 7 Florida and No. 9 Auburn. They are 5-0 against the spread in their last five road games and 13-3 against the number in their last 16 road games versus teams with winning home records like Alabama. Meanwhile, the Tide (8-0) have only one win over a Top 25 team, No. 24 Texas A&M, which is now unranked. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The Crimson Tide are six-point favorites in the latest Alabama vs. LSU odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 63. Before making any LSU vs. Alabama picks of your own, be sure to see the college football predictions from handicapping expert Barrett Sallee.
Sallee is a true insider — a CBS Sports analyst, SiriusXM host, Heisman voter and consistently one of the top CBS Sports experts picking college football games against the spread — and his best bets have helped bring in huge returns. He debuted with SportsLine in 2017 and has delivered in a big way, posting a winning record in his weekly best bets column since that point. He has gotten 2019 off to a blistering start as well, going 20-9-1 with his best bets thus far.
LSU travels to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama in one of the most anticipated matchups of the 2019 college football season. The Tigers checked in at No. 1 in the latest Associated Press poll and ranked No. 2 in the first release of the CFB Playoff standings. The Crimson Tide rank a spot behind LSU in both polls and hold the top spot in the coaches poll going into Week 11. Needless to say, Saturday’s showdown in Tuscaloosa will have major ramifications for the SEC title and CFB Playoff picture.
Alabama doesn’t have a win over a ranked opponent in 2019, but coach Nick Saban’s team has dominated through eight games. Thanks to a high-powered offense, the Crimson Tide have cruised to an 8-0 mark and defeated all eight opponents by 19 or more points. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is one of the frontrunners to win the Heisman and the catalyst for Alabama’s lethal passing game. However, according to Saban, Tagovailoa will be a gametime decision due to a high ankle sprain suffered against Tennessee. All signs point to Tagovailoa playing on Saturday, but his status won’t be officially known until kickoff.
It’s more than the game of the year. It’s more than No. 1 in the Associated Press poll (LSU) against No. 1 in the Coaches’ poll (Alabama).
The Heisman Trophy may be decided Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa, when quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa duel, granted the Alabama junior’s high ankle sprain doesn’t prevent him from taking the field.
Even more than that, this showdown of undefeated SEC West powerhouses with matching 8-0 records could go a long way towards determining the College Football Playoff (LSU is No. 2 in the CFP rankings, Alabama is No. 3). It will have reverberations around the country, the winner all but locking up a spot in the final four and impacting several others. That’s how much is at stake.