The Tigers host the Alabama Crimson Tide, who enter with one loss on the season to the Tennessee Volunteers but also had a bye after crushing Mississippi State in its last outing. These two teams sit atop the SEC West division at 4-1 in conference play, and the winner will be in the driver’s seat entering the home stretch of the regular season.
LSU will look to earn its first win over Alabama since 2019 and just its second in the series since 2011 on Saturday when the two teams square off in a night game in Death Valley, which kicks off at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN.
The computers favor the visiting team, as Alabama comes in with the 76.4 percent chance to defeat LSU on Saturday.
That leaves the Tigers a 23.6 percent shot to hand the Crimson Tide their second loss and stay in the hunt for the SEC West.
The oddsmakers are also siding with Alabama, which comes in the 13 point favorites over LSU, according to the lines at SI Sportsbook, which set the over/under at 58.5 points for the matchup.
Alabama checks in at No. 2 on the index’s 131 college football rankings, projected to win 10.9 games this season and be 28.4 points better than an average team on a neutral field.
FPI estimates the Crimson Tide has a 51.0 percent chance to make the College Football Playoff, fourth best nationally, and an 18.3 percent shot to win the national championship.
LSU owns the No. 9 slot on the computer’s rankings, projected to win 8.5 games with a 19.3 percent chance to win the SEC West.