Let’s dive into today’s LSU-Alabama betting odds!
Alabama has won back to back games since they got bounced by Texas A&M back on Oct. 9th. Bryce Young once again looks like a guy that is going to be in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy, and while there are some questions about just how good this defense actually is, the Tide have been playing much better in recent weeks than they did through the first couple of week of SEC play.
Alabama, after all, still has a ton to play for. They are in the mix for the college football playoff. They still have a very real shot to win a second straight national title. Taking care of business against a team with a lame duck head coach should be the minimum that Nick Saban can ask of his team.
Longtime college sports writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 and The Field of 12 Network is here to break down the tantalizing matchup and provide the LSU-Alabama betting odds for Week 10 of the college football season.
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WEEK 10 BETTING ODDS: WEEKEND GUIDE
LSU-ALABAMA BETTING ODDS:
LSU (5-3) at No. 2 Alabama (7-1)
GAME: 7:00 p.m. ET (FOX)
MONEYLINE: Alabama (-10000), LSU (+1700)
SPREAD: Alabama (-28.5)
The question we need to ask about LSU in this spot is what a bye week will do for them.
In theory, having a bye week is a good thing for football teams. It’s a week of rest. It’s a chance for bodies to recover. And it’s a chance for a coaching staff to spend twice the amount of time preparing for an opponent. When you are an underdog facing a juggernaut like Alabama, every little bit helps. I’m not saying that it should convince you to bet the LSU moneyline in this spot, but it probably should be enough to get you to consider whether Alabama can win by more than four touchdowns.
That said, these Tigers are in a weird, weird spot. For starters, Ed Orgeron has lost the plot. He is not the same coach he was in the year that he won the national title. He’s a mess. We’re two years removed from Joe Burrow, and we’ve already found out that he is going to be fired at the end of the season. He’s a lame duck head coach with no incentive to try and win a game like this beyond trying to screw over Nick Saban. That’s the motivation here.
Put another way, is Coach O putting in the extra hours in film to be ready for this game? Are the kids on his roster preparing their bodies during their off week, or are they off enjoying the perks of college life in a college town as we head towards the end of a season where they have nothing left to play for?
I do not think LSU will be ready to stop Alabama. That doesn’t mean they won’t be able to put up some points, however. The implied score here, based on the lines, is Alabama 47.25, LSU 18.75. I think the Tigers can get to 21 or 24 points, and if they do, I feel very good about this game going over the total.