LSU-Alabama Countdown

C'mon, it's always great when the College Football world gets us a #1 versus #2 matchup but this Saturday's LSU (#1) at Alabama (#2) showdown in the SEC should be really saucy stuff (and did you notice that we had LSU ranked numero uno long before the "experts" out there?):

Consider that 'Bama has won the last eight consecutive head-to-head matchups between these old rivals and - truth be told - the Crimson Tide's covered six of these eight tilts including the not-so-memorable 21-0 national championship bash back in 2011 (Alabama was a 2.5-point betting favorite back then on the heels of LSU's sleepy 9-6 regular-season win).

And what about the fact that Alabama here is a single-digit betting favorite in this upcoming game?

That's newsworthy stuff when you consider the Tide's been a double-digit betting fav in 21 of its last 22 games overall. The lone exception was Clemson's 44-16 rout over 'Bama in last year's National Championship Game when Nick Saban's squad was installed as the 5-point betting favorite.

Dig a little deeper spreadwise and this is what else you come up with:

LSU is 5-2-1 ATS (against the spread) so far this year and the Bayou Bengals are an electric 26-13-1 spreadwise under head coach Ed Orgeron (folks, that's a dizzying .667 winning rate).

Meanwhile, this year Alabama is 4-4 against the juice and overall the Tide's a healthy / wealthy 90-72-2 ATS under Mr. Saban (that's a nifty .556 winning percentage).

One last thing: LSU is 18-6-1 ATS under Orgeron is SEC games these past three-plus years while Alabama is 17-12-1 ATS in conference action during this exact same time span (that's since mid-2016). So there!

Okay, so we'll post our LSU-Alabama preview later this week and keep in mind there's a whole lot of goodies on this upcoming college gridiron sked - and that includes #5 Penn State at our #10 Minnesota, our #6 Baylor at TCU and Iowa State at Oklahoma.

 

NFL WEEK 9 WRAPUP

What do you know? Following this past Sunday's NFL Week 9 action - where all 11 home teams won SU (straight-up) and cashed too, there finally was a road warrior winner as the Dallas Cowboys (- 6.5) topped the New York Giants 37-18.

Okay, there were more turnover problems for Giants' rookie QB Daniel Jones (a pair of fumbles and one interception) in that Monday Night Football game but let's concentrate for a moment here on the 'Boys (5-3) who sported four different pass-catchers with six-or-more receptions as QB Dak Prescott threw for 257 yards and three TDs. No doubt Prescott and Company were aided and abetted by some awful pass interference calls against the G-men - let them play! - but the bottom line is Dallas is 4-and-oh in divisional play so far and that sets 'em nicely when / if there might be any tiebreakers in terms of winning the NFC East. If the season ended today, Dallas would be the #4 playoff seed in the NFC - that's the good news - but check out this sked that includes road games in Detroit, New England, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Could be that even a 6-0 record inside the NFC East won't be good enough to cop the divisional crown. Stay tuned.