TUSCALOOSA, Ala.(WHNT)-It may not be the “Game of The Century”, for the national championship, or even a top five matchup. But make no mistake, Alabama’s showdown with No. 10 LSU on Saturday has got all kinds of high stakes riding on it in what is still the marquee game of the year in the SEC.
The Bayou Bengals already have a pair of losses that have knocked them out of the national championship race. But both of those defeats were by a combined six points.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide are surrendering a microscopic 4.3 points per game over the last six contests, suffocating opponents on the line and in the secondary. But Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban says LSU receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry are easily the stiffest test of the season for his cover guys, with the dynamic duo both projected as high-round NFL draft picks.
“They do a good job of putting them in various positions where it makes them more difficult to cover and get the kind of matchups on them you’d like,” said Saban. “The quarterback is also very accurate, knows where he wants to go with the ball and has a good understanding of what needs to get done. These two guys to me are the most challenging group we’ve played against all year long.”
The Crimson Tide are an eleven point favorite over the Tigers. The last three regular-season matchups between Alabama and LSU have been separated by a combined total of just ten points.