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Bama/LSU opens with largest spread of Saban/Miles era

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Alabama opened the week an 11-point favorite over LSU, and that stands as the largest spread of any game between the Tide and Tigers since Nick Saban and Les Miles first squared off in 2007 (via AL.com’s Andrew Gribble).

Saban is 4-3 against LSU in his time at Alabama, though only one of the game has been decided by more than 10 points — that being the 2011 BCS Championship, which Alabama won 21-0.

Of course, because perspective is everything, the 11-point spread is the second-lowest for Bama this season (the Tide were eight-point favorites at Texas A&M). Gribble pointed out, too, that Alabama has been favored in all but one game against LSU since Saban took over — that being the first meeting in 2007, a year in which Alabama went 7-6.

Both Alabama and LSU are coming off bye weeks heading into Saturday’s showdown in Tuscaloosa. For Alabama, it’s their first game against a ranked opponent since stomping then-No. 21 Ole Miss, 25-0, on Sept. 28.

If LSU is able to pull off an upset, it would all but dash the SEC’s hopes of winning an eighth straight national title. The Toledo Blade’s Dave Briggs talked to BCS expert Jerry Palm, who told him there isn’t a realistic scenario in which a one-loss team leaps Ohio State in the BCS. So unless all hell broke loose and Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor all lost, the SEC would get shut out.

But with an 11-point spread and the game being in Tuscaloosa, the safe call would be on Alabama on Saturday.

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14 Responses to “Bama/LSU opens with largest spread of Saban/Miles era”
  1. thermanmerman99 says: Nov 4, 2013 1:24 PM

    the SEC headquarters are putting the refs through intense training this week to give bama every call known to man to make sure they get another SEC team into the national title game, like they do every year. the SEC refs will not let bama lose period. that is how the SEC rolls

  2. skwackquackwoof says: Nov 4, 2013 1:32 PM

    Even if you don’t like the SEC, this is one of those games that you have to watch if you call yourself a fan of college football.

  3. skwackquackwoof says: Nov 4, 2013 1:38 PM

    I doubt the ref conspiracy. It is actually in the SEC’s financial interest to have as many 1-loss teams as possible at year’s end. It means more representation in major bowls, and hence more money for the conference as a whole. Plus I’m pretty sure from recent history that the BCS lets in SEC teams with 1 or 2 losses.

  4. irishdodger says: Nov 4, 2013 2:21 PM

    Bama covers the spread in a comfortable anti-climatic win. Tim Brando was trying to hide his SEC-bias by saying every team in the SEC would have two losses…incl Bama. He was obviously way off b/c he thought he could make a backhanded case that the SEC is soooooo tough that they cannibalize each other but then he could dismiss his SEC bias critics by saying he picked Louisville to win it all. Sorry Timmy B, your conference is not impressive this year outside of Bama who will roll to another BCS crystal ball.

  5. jason1214 says: Nov 4, 2013 2:43 PM

    The refs won’t let Bama lose? seriously?
    You whiny babies need new excuses. Bama wins because they are VERY VERY good.
    Can’t wait for the excuses to flow

    RTR

  6. jason1214 says: Nov 4, 2013 3:44 PM

    @irishdodger

    Still bitter from February????

  7. halbert53 says: Nov 4, 2013 4:29 PM

    Tide can’t overlook LSU but Auburn being a rivalry game is the one I would be nervous about.

  8. cometkazie says: Nov 4, 2013 4:30 PM

    LSU lost two games in 2007 and ended up beating OSU handily.

    Just let them play. Gambling is for gamblers, not sports fans.

  9. hor2012 says: Nov 4, 2013 5:18 PM

    LSU in a upset

  10. rstern337 says: Nov 4, 2013 5:26 PM

    Bama 42 Tigers 7

  11. tgaustin says: Nov 4, 2013 7:12 PM

    If LSU were to lose, would they fall out of the top 25?? Just a random, curious question.

  12. greggatx says: Nov 4, 2013 10:12 PM

    “For Alabama, it’s their first game against a ranked opponent since stomping then-No. 21 Ole Miss, 25-0, on Sept. 28.”
    I would not exactly call 25-0 a stomping.
    I hope it won’t be another defensive slugfest. Hoping for a LSU upset! That would be sweet. :-)

  13. nawlinssaints1956 says: Nov 4, 2013 10:27 PM

    Halbert, your comment makes no sense, considering the Fighting Tigers beat Auburn by 14. Focus on the game this week…

  14. Deb says: Nov 5, 2013 6:17 PM

    @cometkazie …

    Classy, as always. Thank you.

    @greggatx …

    I would love another defensive slugfest. We see so few of them in football these days. Though I’d want my Tide to win.

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