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No. 8 Alabama (7-1) will wrap up a three-game homestand when it hosts No. 14 LSU (6-2) in a critical SEC West battle on Saturday night. The Crimson Tide are riding a six-game winning streak and are the only team in the division without a loss in league play. They had their bye last week after an impressive second half propelled them to a 34-20 win over then-No. 17 Tennessee. LSU has won three straight games since its loss at then-No. 20 Ole Miss, keeping its division hopes alive.
Kickoff is set for 7:45 p.m. ET on CBS at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide are 3-point favorites in the latest Alabama vs. LSU odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under is 62. Before making any LSU vs. Alabama picks or bets, be sure to check out the college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine football expert Jimmie Kaylor.
Kaylor is a NFL, college football and DFS expert for SportsLine, who has covered the NFL and college football for close to a decade as a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. His background as a former college football All-American and NFL player gives him a unique perspective when building his fantasy lineups and locking in his betting picks. He has his finger on the pulse of the college football landscape and has been cashing in big for the last two years.
Kaylor has been red-hot all season, going 40-17-2 on his college football best bets for SportsLine this season so far. Anyone who has followed his picks is way up.
Now, he has set his sights on LSU vs. Alabama and just locked in its picks and CFB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Kaylor’s picks. Here are several college football odds and betting lines for Alabama vs. LSU:
LSU vs. Alabama spread: Alabama -3LSU vs. Alabama over/under: 62LSU vs. Alabama money line: Alabama -169, LSU +142BAMA: The Crimson Tide are 5-3 against the spread in 2023.LSU: The Tigers are 4-3 against the spread in 2023.LSU vs. Alabama picks: See picks at SportsLineLSU vs. Alabama live stream: Paramount+
Why Alabama can cover
Alabama has rattled off seven consecutive wins in SEC play since its 32-31 loss to LSU last November, maintaining its spot atop the SEC West with a 34-20 win over Tennessee in Week 8. The Crimson Tide have held opponents to less than 16 points per game during their six-game winning streak, not allowing a scoring run over the past 10 quarters. Their offense has been improving as well, with quarterback Jalen Milroe throwing seven touchdowns over the past three games and rushing for three more scores over the past four games.
Milroe is facing an LSU defense that allowed 45 points to Florida State and 49 points to Ole Miss earlier this season. The Tigers are expected to be without starting defensive tackle Mekhi Wingo for the remainder of the regular season after undergoing lower-body surgery. Three of their top defensive backs will miss this game due to injury, so they could have three true freshmen in the secondary on Saturday. See which team to pick at SportsLine.
Why LSU can cover
The Tigers are one of the most explosive offensive teams in college football. LSU enters this matchup ranked first in the SEC in points per game (47.4), passing yards per game (339.9), and total yards per game (552.9), and second in rushing yards per game (213.0). They will face a tough test against a strong Alabama defense, but this team can score points in bunches against any opponent.
Leading the way for LSU is senior quarterback Jayden Daniels. The former Arizona State transfer has played well enough in his second season in Baton Rouge to insert himself into the Heisman Trophy conversation. Daniels enters this matchup completing 73.1% of his passes for 2,573 yards, 25 touchdowns, and three interceptions. See which team to back at SportsLine.
How to make LSU vs. Alabama picks
Kaylor has analyzed this matchup from every angle and he’s leaning Over on the point total. He has also discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing what it is, and which side to back, at SportsLine.
Who wins Alabama vs. LSU on Saturday, and which critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see LSU vs. Alabama picks, all from the expert who has covered college football for over a decade and is 40-17-2 on his best bets in 2023, and find out.