College Football Week 10: LSU vs Alabama Betting Preview

College Football Week 10: LSU vs Alabama Betting Preview

We have a massive rivalry game in Week 10 of the college football season as the #13 LSU Tigers hit the road to take on the No. 8 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The kick-off is scheduled for 7:45 PM ET here. LSU is coming off a 62-0 thrashing of unranked Army and hasn’t faced a legitimate opponent in Week 8 but had a bye this past weekend. As for Bama, they also had a bye but did move to 7-1 in Week 8 with an impressive win over another rival in Tennessee. The hosts have opened up as a 3-point home favorite here at Bodog. Below, we’ll preview the matchup.

Quick Take

  • LSU visits Alabama on Saturday
  • Bama is the slim home favorite
  • Read on for the preview for this Week 10 matchup

Alabama dominates this rivalry

Also known as the First Saturday in November or the Saban Bowl, the Crimson Tide have certainly been the more dominant team in this rivalry, going 55-27-5 all-time. They’ve won 10 of the last 12 but did lose to LSU in 2022 in an OT thriller by a score of 32-31 in Baton Rouge. Alabama covered the spread in all 10 of those victories though. The line shouldn’t move a lot leading up to kick-off.

LSU playing well

Sure, Army might not be great, but overall, LSU is playing quality football, and putting up 62 points while not allowing any is definitely impressive. The Tigers in fact have outscored their last two opponents 110-18, also smashing Auburn 48-18 in Week 7. Brian Kelly’s squad comes into this matchup well-rested after a bye week as they look to get back to full strength.

Leading the way for this offense is quarterback Jayden Daniels, who is even getting some Heisman Trophy consideration as of late. He’s a major reason LSU ranked first in the nation in total yards. He’s completed 73.1% of his passes for 2,573 yards and 25 touchdowns against three interceptions. Daniels is also a serious threat with his legs, rushing for 5.7 yards per carry on 91 attempts. Tons of versatility. Daniels didn’t have to play a lot against Army but he did complete 11 of 15 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns while also taking it to the house once on the ground.

The Tigers also rank first in points with 47.4 and have tons of weapons at Daniels’ disposal. Brian Thomas and Maik Nabers are his top two targets out wide who have combined for 20 touchdowns. Logan Diggs is also a beast in the LSU backfield and has formed a nice duo with Daniels on the ground. The Tigers will put up points, but it remains to be seen if they can slow down Bama offensively.

Alabama finding their way

There’s no projected first-round pick at quarterback, but Alabama remains a force out of the SEC with a fundamentally sound group on both sides of the ball. The Tide’s only loss came to Quinn Ewers and Texas in Week 2. They haven’t lost since then, notching six wins in a row while beating the likes of Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Tennessee along the way. 

While Bama isn’t blowing opponents out, a victory is a victory. Jalen Milroe is doing a respectable job at QB, completing 64.7% of his passes for an average of 231 yards per contest. He’s thrown for 13 touchdowns against five picks. Against the Volunteers on October 21st, Milroe was 14 for 21 for 220 yards including a pair of TDs and a INT.

Sure, LSU doesn’t have a great defense, but to be brutally frank, Alabama’s offense isn’t nearly as electric as the Tigers. The way that the Tide win this one is by really locking down defensively and limiting Daniels and Co. If it turns into a shootout, it could be another loss to LSU for Saban’s group. Bama is a favorite at all football betting sites.