LSU vs Alabama 2019 College Football Week 11 Odds, Preview & Prediction

Posted by Derrick Harper on November 8, 2019 in

The last time the #1 and #2 teams in the Associated Press poll met in the regular season was 2011. Ironically enough, that matchup was the same as this weekend’s #1 vs #2, as LSU defeated Alabama 9-6. These two undefeated teams will meet as the top two teams in the country, as LSU will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to take on the Crimson Tide on Saturday afternoon.

Let’s take a look at the latest NCAAF Odds while making some predictions for LSU vs Alabama.

LSU vs Alabama 2019 College Football Week 11 Odds, Preview & Prediction

Way Back When

When LSU defeated Alabama in 2011, that was the last time that they beat the Crimson Tide. Since then, Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide have reeled off eight straight victories over the Tigers. In those eight victories, LSU has been in the top 25 in all of them, and in the top five in four of those games. Ed Orgeron and his Tigers will be looking to put an end to the streak on Saturday.

Tail of Two Teams

Both teams are coming off of two weeks of preparation as both had byes last week. The bye was especially big for Alabama, as it gave Tua Tagovailoa extra time to rest his injured ankle. Tagovailoa is expected to play on Saturday, but could have limited mobility. With that being said, Alabama will look to capitalize on it’s strong running attack. Najee Harris had a slow start to the season, but has three 100 yard games in his last five.

Alabama will also rely on arguably the best receiving group in the country. Jerry Jeudy, Devonta Smith, and Henry Ruggs III have been hard for anyone to stop this season. This group is averaging almost 18 yards per catch, and have scored 23 touchdowns this season.

Alabama’s defense isn’t as powerful as it has been in the past, but it’s still very strong. They’re rated ninth in scoring defense, and 16th overall in total defense. They have forced 18 turnovers on the season, so that could come up huge in this game.

As for LSU, they’re no longer the “ground and pound” Tigers. Quarterback Joe Burrow leads the nation in completion percentage, completing 78.8% of his passes. He’s second in the nation with over 2800 passing yards, and he’s second in the nation with 30 touchdown passes.

The LSU offense is very efficient, and they will test Alabama’s tough defense.

Defensively, the Tigers aren’t one of the top units in the country, but they are a “bend but don’t break” type unit. They’re only allowing 20 points per game, and have caused 10 of their 12 turnovers in the last five games.

LSU vs Alabama is a Huge Game

This game has huge ramifications on the SEC West. The winner has the inside track on winning the West and claiming their spot in the SEC Title game. Alabama still has to deal with Auburn in the Iron Bowl, but if LSU wins they have a much easier path to the West title, as the hard part of their schedule is done. It doesn’t get any better than #1 vs. #2 on a SEC afternoon.

LSU and Alabama both have a great shot at getting into the college football playoffs, and a victory on Saturday would give them an even greater chance. Bryant-Denny Stadium will see a great battle between two of the best teams in the country on Saturday!