Staff Predictions for Alabama/LSU
The Alabama Crimson Tide travels down to Death Valley in what maybe there toughest opponent this season against the LSU Tigers.
With both teams currently in the College Football Playoff rankings in the top four, some are saying this game could relive The Game of the Century back in 2011 where the Tigers were able to pull of the 9-6 victory over the Crimson Tide, that was the last time the Tigers beat the Crimson Tide.
Here is who our Tide 102.9/100.9 staff has winning down in Death Valley between the Crimson Tide and the Tigers.
Martin Houston, Host of The Blitz
The Game of the Century, well not quite. However it is a big game and maybe the biggest of 2018 season to date! It will answer two major questions: Is LSU legit and can the Tua train be slowed? I hate that Devin White will not be available, but I really don’t think it would matter. Look for Alabama to continue their offensive dominance and the young defense, once again rises to the challenge before it! Alabama will continue its dominance in Tiger Stadium. There will be a 2nd Half Tua sighting, but not in the 4th quarter.
Alabama 52 - LSU 13
Wimp Sanderson, Co-Host of Inside the Locker Room
This will be by far Alabama’s toughest test to date. This will help the Tide in the long run to have to finally grind out a game. Look for the defense to be the story of the night.
Alabama 24 - LSU 10
Barry Sanderson, Co-Host of Inside the Locker Room
The key for LSU is to get off to a good start to keep the stadium energized. I believe Tua and this offense will have to play in the second half to seal this victory. They will explode late and the defense will get 2 picks. This one will be tight till he fourth quarter explosion by the Tide.
Alabama 38 - LSU 13
Gary Harris, Host of The Gary Harris Show
Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban is 4-1 against LSU in Baton Rouge, but all five games went down to the wire, two were decided in overtime. This year, it's a top five matchup for the first time since 2012. LSU is a solid football team but Alabama is a better team. This one will be interesting but Bama pulls away in the second half to win it comfortably.
Alabama 38 - LSU 20
Travis Reier, Host of Southern Fried Sports
The Crimson Tide has left Baton Rouge as winners in four of the five visits it has paid to Death Valley under Nick Saban, but none of those victories came easy. This one won’t be as easy as UA’s first eight victories of the 2018 season, but in a game of touchdowns and field goals, Alabama will produce more of the former.
Alabama 35 - LSU 18
Ryan Fowler, Host of The Game
The closer we get to Alabama and LSU, the less I am buying that the Tigers have a realistic chance of upsetting the Crimson Tide. I do not think LSU can score enough points to keep up with the Tide. I also think Alabama’s defense will rise to the occasion after hearing the hype about how great the LSU defense is for the last 2 weeks. Tua shines on the big stage.
Alabama 42 - LSU 21
Ben George, Digital Managing Editor
If you've heard me on-air at all this year you know I haven't been high on the LSU Tigers. So far it hasn't been the best look but I think Saturday night will justify what I've been saying. Sure, LSU has some of the best wins in college football. Yes, their secondary is talented and creates chaos. But this LSU team is average in practically every statistical category. Alabama ranks ahead of the Tigers in nearly every area and some of those gaps are wide. Turnovers, however, are the one spot where LSU has benefited greatly. The last two wins over Georgia and Mississippi State were great but how many teams wouldn't win at home with a +7 turnover margin in those two games? Unless Tua Tagovailoa and the Bama offense turns it over four times, this winning streak is going to eight games. And comfortably.
Alabama 38 - LSU 17
James Hardy, Producer
It’s been a nice ride for Ed Orgeron and the LSU Tigers going 7-1 heading into their biggest game in the Coach O era. The Tigers have plenty of athletes on defense to provide some resistance for Tua and the Alabama offense, but Alabama’s defense poses plenty of issues for an LSU offense that hasn’t been known to score in volume. Look for the Tide defense to stuff the line of scrimmage and make Joe Burrow beat Bama with his arm.
Alabama 44 - LSU 13
Josh Smith, Producer
With 25 touchdowns, Tua Tagovailoa has accounted for the same about of touchdowns as the LSU Tigers have both rushed and passed for thus far this season. As long as he remains healthy, with a mix of our headstrong running game, this could be another high scoring day for the Crimson Tide. Though the last few games in Death Valley have been very close, the true litmus test of this LSU team will be if they force Tagovailoa to stay in the full game.
Alabama 38 - LSU 17
Marquis Munson, Brand Manager and Producer
Regardless of the competitive rivalry between Alabama/LSU throughout the years, you have to tip your hat to Ed Orgeron and what he's been able to accomplish with the Tigers this season with his back against the wall and his hot seat getting warmer throughout this season. However, this is where the magical Tigers season ends. The Tigers have an outstanding defense that is credit to the job Dave Aranda does with them. But Alabama is too strong on offense and the lack of talent in LSU's offense won't help them in a shoot out with Tua Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide.