NCAAF 2021 Season: LSU vs Alabama Betting Analysis & Prediction

NCAAF 2021 Season: LSU vs Alabama Betting Analysis & Prediction

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron will be departing at the end of the season, less than two years removed from bringing another national championship to Baton Rouge. Host Alabama, the defending champs, have their backs to the wall but are still ranked second in Georgia’s College Football Playoff rankings.

The Crimson Tide is the fifth consecutive ranked opponent for LSU, and they’ve gone 1-3 in their last four games, including a 31-17 defeat to Ole Miss before getting a week off in preparation for Alabama. After their only loss of the season to Texas A&M in a close 41-38 game on the road, the Tide have beaten Mississippi State 49-9 and outscored Tennessee 52-24. With that being said, it’s time we take a closer look at the upcoming match between the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide so you can bet against their NCAAF odds.

College Football Betting Preview for LSU Tigers at Alabama

LSU Tigers Betting Preview

The Tigers have one of the toughest schedules, and with all of the turmoil in the program, the team appears to be succumbing to the pressure as they’ve fallen to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the SEC. With Orgeron on his way out, it will be difficult for the coaching staff to maintain morale and step up against a desperate Alabama team.

The real issue on the field has been the Tigers’ defense, which is giving up over 400 total yards a game and 168 of those on the ground. Opponents are gaining an average of 4.5 yards per rushing attempt while failing to establish their own running game, gaining just 112 yards a game and only 3.5 yards per attempt.

Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Preview

Except for a late surge by Florida and a fourth-quarter letdown against Texas A&M, the Tide haven’t had much of a drop-off from last year’s national championship season. Quarterback Bryce Young is completing 70% of his passes and has thrown for 26 touchdowns with three interceptions.

Defensively, Alabama is giving up less than 90 rushing yards on the ground and 306 total yards per contest against a schedule that has included strong offensive teams like Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Although the toughest part of their slate may be behind them, the Tide needs to finish strongly to have a chance to face Georgia in the SEC Championship game.

Betting Odds and Lines at MyBookie

Betting Preview and Pick 

Although LSU is reeling, except for a 42-21 loss to Kentucky, they have been able to stay in the game in their other three losses with an average margin of 10 points. Their only win in the previous four games was a 49-42 defeat of Florida, where they were able to take advantage of four Gator turnovers but still gave up 488 total yards in the victory. 

For Alabama, they’ve inflicted some big losses on good teams, beating Mississippi State by 40 points, Ole Miss by 21, Tennessee by 28, and they opened the season with a 31 point victory over Miami. If the Tide can get on a roll as they did in 2020 in a 55-17 beat down of LSU, they could get a similar result this time around.

Betting Pick: Alabama -28.5

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