In every single conference in college football, there is a reigning champion that every other team in those conferences is looking to dethrone. This is a sport where teams change dramatically from year to year, with the top players leaving for the NFL and every school looking to plug those gaps through recruitment. It is here where seasons can be won and lost, as it takes a just a few top recruits failing to make the great to send a champion down the rankings in a hurry.
The kings of recruitment in recent years have been the Alabama Crimson Tide, which is why they come into every season as one of the favorites to win a National Championship. Getting there means winning the SEC West, which they have managed to do with stunning regularity. The question heading into this season is about who the top challenger in the West will be. A lot of people see the LSU Tigers as that team, and we will get our first look at them on Saturday when they host the Georgia Southern Eagles. The Tigers are favored by 27 ½, with the point total set at 52 ½.
Georgia Southern vs LSU 2019 College Football Week 1 Odds & Analysis
- When: Saturday, August 31, 7:30 PM EST
- Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge
- TV: ESPNU
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- Radio: SiriusXM
- College Football Week 1 Odds: LSU -27.5 (Total 52.5)
- Sunny: 34°C/93°F
- Humidity: 57%
- Precipitation: 10%
- Cloud Cover: 2%
- Wind: 8 mph NE
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Georgia Southern Eagles?
Playing out of the Sun Belt Conference, the Georgia Southern Eagles are coming off a 10-3 season, with one of those victories being a 23-21 win over Eastern Michigan in a season ending bowl game. This is a team that is consistently good in conference play every single year, but this is a much bigger opponent at a stadium where very few teams go and win.
The reality here is that this is probably more about damage control for the Eagles. They had a game against a ranked opponent early last season, losing that one 38-7 to Clemson on the road. They have not fared well against SEC opposition, winning just once in their last 10 meetings. They are a decent cover bet, though, going 9-4 ATS in their last 13 outings.
- Points per Game: 30.46
- Passing Yards: 79.00
- Rushing Yards: 266.23
- Yards per Play: 5.91
- Points per Game: 21.54
- Passing Yards: 216.54
- Rushing Yards: 140.54
- Yards per Play: 5.45
Why bet on the LSU Tigers?
Last season, the LSU Tigers went 10-3, which included a bowl win over UCF, but that was not nearly enough to get them into the SEC Championship Game, with losses to Florida, as well as a 29-0 loss at the hands of Alabama, keeping them out of the playoff picture. A New Year’s Six bowl game is a fine achievement, but this is a team that expects more.
They certainly showed signs of belonging last year, with major wins over the Georgia Bulldogs and Auburn Tigers on their resume. If they are to get over the hump, they need to beat Alabama this season. The Tigers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 at home, with that lone loss coming to Alabama. In Week 1 games, LSU has seen the OVER hit in 9 of their last 11.
- Points per Game: 32.38
- Passing Yards: 228.38
- Rushing Yards: 173.62
- Yards per Play: 5.50
- Points per Game: 21.77
- Passing Yards: 200.08
- Rushing Yards: 138.62
- Yards per Play: 4.81
Georgia Southern vs LSU 2019 College Football Week 1 Betting Trends
- Eagles are 1-9 SU in their last 10 games against an opponent in the Southeast conference
- Eagles are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games played on a Saturday
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Georgia Southern’s last 7 games
- Tigers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games at home
- Tigers are 13-7 ATS in their last 20 games
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Louisiana State’s last 10 games
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Georgia Southern vs LSU
The LSU Tigers are usually dominant at home, and while this is a game they will win, they are going to have their hands full with a very good Georgia Southern offense. I think the Eagles get enough points on the board to carry this one OVER.
Score: Georgia Southern Eagles 17 – LSU Tigers 39