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Alabama Heads into Death Valley as Biggest Road Favorite in 19 Years

Apparently the oddsmakers aren’t as confident as LSU is in itself.

Going into the primetime showdown on Saturday, Alabama (8-0) has defeated LSU (6-1) seven straight seasons. The last time LSU beat Alabama was a 9-6 overtime road victory in 2011.

The game will go a long ways in shaping the College Football Playoff results. Alabama and LSU are first and second respectively in the SEC West standings.

In the first edition of the CFP rankings, Alabama is No. 1 and LSU is No. 3.

The sportsbooks have the defending national champion Crimson Tide as a 14.5-point favorite, the largest amount for a Death Valley road opponent in 19 years according to NOLA.com.

In 1999, Steve Spurrier’s Florida squad was a 15-point favorite and defeated LSU 31-10.

LSU is 3-0 in the underdog role this season, having won in Dallas against Miami in the season opener, at Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium and against Georgia at Tiger Stadium.

Overall, LSU is 5-3 vs. the spread this season.

Alabama coach Nick Saban is giving plenty of praise to LSU, where he won his first national title in 2003. Saban envisions that this season’s LSU-Alabama game will be “a real competitive matchup.”

“We’re playing a very, very good football team in LSU,” Saban said according to NOLA.com. “They’ve played a tough schedule. They have wins over three Top-10 teams. They lead the nation in turnover margin, which always something that’s very effective in helping you win games. They’ve got some really good players on both sides of the ball and are a very good defensive team.”

Saban raves about an LSU defense which ranks 22nd in total production.

“In my mind, they don’t have any weaknesses on defense,” Saban said to NOLA.com. “They’ve got really good linebackers. They’ve got good guys up front. I think all this sort of contributes to the team defense being very, very good. When you have a good back end with a good team defense, those guys get some opportunities to make plays and they certainly have taken advantage of it.”

Both teams are coming off bye weeks.

Alabama routed Tennessee 58-21 and LSU defeated Mississippi State 19-3 in Week 8.

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