Saturday night may not be a ‘Game of the Century’ but it is big for Alabama Football and also for LSU. The Crimson Tide has been in a ‘must-win’ mode since Sept. 9 and the Bengal Tigers are the next obstacle between Bama and Atlanta – and beyond.
CBS has the game through traditional broadcast access. It can also be streamed from fuboTV. The CBS crew will be Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson, and Jenny Dell. The Crimson Tide Sports Network (CTSN) will have the radio call with Eli Gold, Tyler Watts, and Christian Miller. CTSN is available on SiriusXM 84. Kickoff is expected to be around 6:50 PM CST.
The game will be the 88th contest between the SEC powers, going back to 1895. The old rivalry may or may not continue annually when the SEC begins a division-less, 16-team schedule.
More Game Notes are available at rolltide.com.
Alabama Football and LSU Injuries
Alabama is believed to have no injury concerns. Although six Crimson Tide players did not fully participate in bye week practices, all have worked this week. Crimson Tide offensive lineman JC Latham has been seen in a walking boot, but he is expected to play at close to 100% against LSU.
LSU is in a much different situation. Two top defensive players, Mekhi Wingo and cornerback Zy Alexander will miss the game. Alexander is expected to be replaced by true freshman corner, Ashton Stamps or perhaps safety Sage Ryan. Two transfer defensive backs continue to be unavailable for the Bengal Tigers.
According to FanDuel, the Crimson Tide is a 3-point favorite, at -115, and LSU at -105. The Moneyline is Alabama -160 and LSU +132. The Over-Under is 61.5 points.
Crimson Tide vs Bengal Tigers Game Prediction
A theme shared by many college football pundits is Alabama will have a tough time for two reasons. One reason is the Crimson Tide is yet to play a 60-minute game. The other claim is Bama will play with a heavy load of pressure, compared to little for LSU.
To me, any pressure Crimson Tide players feel will be beneficial while playing in front of a Bryant-Denny crowd. It could well provide the mental edge that propels the Tide to 60 minutes of high-level performance.
As I wrote yesterday, Alabama is the better team, despite LSU having arguably college football’s most fearsome offense. With a winning performance, Jayden Daniels could be the Heiman leader, but Daniels and LSU have not battled such a strong defense this season.
The Alabama Football defense is capable of keeping the game from becoming a shootout. Against a poor LSU defense, the Crimson Tide is capable of scoring 30-plus points.
Game Prediction: Alabama 34 – LSU 27, and if I’m wrong I think the game is more likely to be a 10-point Tide win than a 3-point one.