Updated LSU vs. Alabama Odds: Tracking Line, Over/Under Movement Until Kickoff
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- LSU vs. Alabama odds are on the move on Saturday afternoon, with the total ticking up almost two full points in the hours before the game.
- The spread has stood pat for much of Saturday at Alabama -6.
Updating LSU vs. Alabama Odds
- Odds: Alabama -5.5
- Over/Under: 65.5
- Moneyline: LSU +175, Alabama -220
- Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- TV: CBS
- Where to Bet: PointsBet
Odds as of Saturday morning and via PointsBet, where Action Network readers can access an exclusive promotion to get a 200% deposit match (deposit $50, bet with $150).
LSU vs. Alabama is not only the biggest game of the college football season so far, but it’s also a fascinating betting game.
You’ve got the No. 1 team in the country as a nearly touchdown underdog. A quarterback significantly better than his backup who may not be 100%. Two explosive offenses against historically great defenses who have shown some cracks this season.
That’s created dozens of betting angles, which we’ve covered here.
Tracking LSU-Alabama Odds Movement
Below we’re tracking the odds moves in LSU vs. Alabama to see if Tigers backers can get +7, if Alabama bettors should wait until closer to game time to grab the Tide, and more.
All odds via PointsBet and current as of 3:25 p.m. ET on Saturday.
3:25 p.m. ET: Money has continued to hit the over, bringing it to 65.5 right before kickoff. Tua Tagovailoa was announced as the starting quarterback several minutes ago, as well.
2:25 p.m. ET: The spread is down to Alabama -5.5 at PointsBet, though most of the market is still at -6.
1 p.m. ET: The total continues to tick up, now at 65 with 2.5 hours to go before kickoff.
12:10 p.m. ET: The market appears to be preparing for Tua Tagovailoa to play and be relatively healthy, as the over and Alabama have both taken money. The total now sits at 64.5.
10:45 a.m. ET: Money is headed Alabama’s way, with many books going to -6.5 at this hour. The total has also ticked up to 64 at some books.
8:30 a.m. ET: The line has ticked back up to Alabama -6, but has seen resistance there over the last 18 hours or so. Books are split, with a handful at -5.5 and a handful at -6.
7 a.m. ET: The market consensus isn’t at -5.5 — some books are still hanging -6 — but things appear to be trending in LSU’s direction.
Previous Line Movement
July: It’s easy to forget that we weren’t sure this LSU offense was going to carry over its Fiesta Bowl dominance into the 2019 season, but sure enough, the Tigers did. But that’s why they opened around +16 against Alabama in Game of the Year lines at various sportsbooks over the summer.
September 9: After Week 2 — when the Tigers beat Texas in Austin — LSU was down to +11.5 in Westgate’s Game of the Year lines.
October 26: As chatter about this game heated up, books began posting more lookahead lines for Alabama-LSU. PointsBet hung Alabama -9.5, but Tua Tagovailoa’s status loomed large.
When more books began opening this line, it was at or under a touchdown.
Nov. 3: One offshore sportsbook opened Alabama -8 on Sunday, when lines typically come out for the following college football Saturday, and that was quickly bet down to -7 and -6.5, where it stands now.
Nov. 8: The total dipped down as low as 62.5 before being bet back up on Friday afternoon to 63.5. The spread has bounced between -6.5 and -5.5, as well.
Alabama-LSU Betting History
There are a few betting notes about this meeting between LSU and Alabama that differ from year’s past.
One, it’s the highest total ever between the two rivals. The previous high was 54.5 in 2013, when Alabama won 38-17.
Second, Alabama has not been a home underdog in any game since 2007, when it was +7 against eventual national champion LSU. The Tigers won 41-34. If Tua Tagovailoa can’t play, it’s possible, though unlikely, that Alabama closes as a home underdog.
All spreads and first score in relation to Alabama. Via KillerSports.