LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide: College Football Week 11 Betting Odds and Picks

LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
Saturday, 11/9/13, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Alabama -9
Current Betting Line:  Alabama -11
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Alabama Crimson Tide are No. 1 in the current BCS standings
The Alabama Crimson Tide are No. 1 in the current BCS standings

LSU travels to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium, as it looks to improve upon its 5-2 record under Les Miles following an open date.  The Tigers own more wins over the Crimson Tide than any team in the nation since 2000, while they’ve captured five out of the last six meetings on the road in this Southeastern Conference rivalry.  LSU is 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 10 points the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 2-1 in that situation.

The Tigers lead the SEC and rank second nationally in converting 63.4 percent of their third-down opportunities, which is important to consider when looking over the college football betting lines in Week 11.  LSU is 2-10-1 SU all-time against No. 1 ranked teams, including a 1-4 mark under Miles.  Since the 2005 season, a span of nine games, a total of 12 points separates the two teams.  Offensively, the team is led by quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who is eight yards shy of becoming the first player in school history to throw for 2,500 yards or more in back-to-back seasons.

Alabama enters this matchup ranked first in the Bowl Championship Series standings—sitting just ahead of the Florida State Seminoles.  The Crimson Tide are allowing just 11.9 first downs per game over their last seven contests, which is important to consider when making your college football predictions Saturday night.  Senior signal-caller AJ McCarron has 33 career wins and a .943 winning percentage during his time on campus, while the offense has gone three-and-out just 16 times in 90 possessions during the 2013 campaign.  Alabama is 5-1 SU and 2-4 ATS as favorites of 3.5 to 10 points since 2011, with the OVER going 4-2 in those six opportunities.

The Crimson Tide have outscored opponents 276-37 in the first three quarters this season, which has led to throwing just 32 fourth-quarter passes.  Alabama is third in the SEC and 13th in the country in time of possession, while it has outgained its opposition by a staggering 253.5 yards on average over its last six affairs.

Sports bettors will likely back the Crimson Tide due to their 4-0 ATS mark in their last four conference games.

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