3:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 9, 2019
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Week 11 of college football is expected to be full of blood sweat and tears, as every game now a bigger factor in the post-season, now with the regular season in full swing, and Bowls getting closer.
#1 ranked Louisiana State University Tigers meeting #2 Alabama’s Crimson Tide for a clash of college football titans on Saturday.
Looking at the dry stats, both teams are coming with an 8-0 record and an 8-game winning streak. Alabama coming on the back crushing Arkansas 48-7, and LSU also with a respectable 36-13 win against Mississippi State.
LSU are ranked fourth in yards gained (4,287) vs. Alabama in ninth (4,053), and Saturday probably isn’t going to change much in terms of yard difference, as both teams will be pretty tight on coverage.
LSU’s newish QB Joe Burrow threw this season 30 touchdowns and 4 interceptions for 2,805 yards, and Alabama’s defense that is ranked 13th in the FBS is probably one of the strongest defensive lines Burrow will face.
Still, the Tigers should be able to put points on the board against Alabama. As LSU can produce on-the-road magic when travelling to visit top opponents. Recall that before week 9 at Auburn, the Tigers past 30 points in seven consecutive games.
Alabama’s QB Tua Tagovailoa is still not confirmed to play, and the Crimson tide is keeping it pretty vague and not saying much about his ankle injury. Tua threw 27 touchdowns and 2 interceptions for 2,166 yards. Still, if he’s not up, it may be Mac Jones that will have to step in as QB, and that can leave Alabama a vulnerable if LSU starts going crazy with scoring (as the tigers sometimes do).
Still, with Alabama’s strong defensive line, and pretty amazing offense, Jones can do the job too. He’s been around for long enough and won’t be shocked and waiting in the pocket just to be sacked. Against Arkansas last week, Jones made 18 out of 22 passes for 235 yards, and scored 3 touchdowns.
So on paper, and even in stats LSU ranks higher, but in the last six times these two met, Alabama has beaten LSU five times, and in four of them the Crimson Tide had double-digit win.
On Saturday, we will see both teams with back-to-back offensive talent, trying to put numbers on the board and score quickly. But the defensive will rise to the challenge and hit the brakes on the offensive attacks.
It will be a close game, but with whichever quarterback that will be on the field, Alabama will keep things more balanced, control the clock and be the team that more vote in the game. And being the home team also helps of course.
Final Score: Alabama to win 30 – 24
Spread: Alabama -6 (59%) / LSU +6 (42%)
Over (42%) / Under (58%): 65
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Final Score: Colts to win 21-20
Moneyline Steelers +103 / Colts -123
Spread: Steelers +1 (37%) / Colts -1 (63%)
Over (42%) / Under (58%): 42.5