NCAA betting fans have waited a long time for this matchup as Alabama coach Nick Saban returns to his old home to face his old team, LSU, who is the defending national champion but now figures to be a home underdog on the NCAA odds.
NCAA sports betting doesn’t get better than this, two traditional powerhouse programs from the Southeastern Conference that attract a lot of NCAA betting attention and dollars every time that they play.
Alabama now comes into this game ranked number one but LSU will be ready for their best showing of the NCAA betting season as they want to stick it to Saban in front of the rabid and most partisan LSU crowd. Bama enters the game 9-0 straight up and 6-3 against the NCAA betting lines.
The Tide beat Arkansas State 35-0 last week, easily covering the NCAA odds for the second straight week. LSU is 6-2 straight up but just 2-5 against the NCAA sports betting lines, which indicates that they are a poor value that attracts too much NCAA betting money from a public still fixated on last year’s national title team.
Last week LSU beat Tulane 35-10 but failed to cover the NCAA sports betting lines. Intangibles are always a big factor in NCAA betting and the Saban coming home angle certainly is a big one.
Add to the fact that LSU coach Les Miles finally got some well earned respect last year by winning the national title and beating Saban at Alabama 41-34 as he covered the NCAA betting lines. Bama has gone under the NCAA betting total in 4 of their last 6 road games.
Alabama has beaten the NCAA betting odds just once in their last five meetings with LSU but has beaten the NCAA betting odds in five of their last six trips to LSU. It is important to note that LSU has won 23 of their last 25 home games straight up and has beaten Bama five consecutive times straight up.
The Tide and Tigers have gone the NCAA betting total in 4 of their last 6 meetings.
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