Earlier this week, LSU overtook Alabama for the No. 1 spot in the Week 10 AP Poll. It is a pretty monumental moment for Ed Orgeron's program, which has done a 180 on the offensive side of the ball from the last few seasons to this fall, turning into an explosive, pass-based offense with Joe Burrow under center.
Meanwhile, Alabama enters the bye week ahead of the LSU game with serious questions. The Crimson Tide were without Tua Tagovailoa last weekend, and he is day-to-day ahead of date with the Tigers, according to Nick Saban.
Most expect Tagovailoa to play in what will be the biggest game of the regular season. If he's not close to 100-percent though, it may be tough to win a shootout with an offense firing on all cylinders like LSU.
Still, Alabama is getting a ton of respect from oddsmakers, and you can understand why. Winning at Bryant-Denny Stadium is extremely difficult, and LSU hasn't taken down Alabama since 2011.
We're over a week away, but some look-ahead lines have been released for Week 11, including the giant (potential) No. 1 vs. No. 2 game between LSU and Alabama. The Crimson Tide are a touchdown favorite, give or take a point depending on the sportsbook.
The Westgate has things at Alabama -7 as of today. From 247Sports:
With Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returning to the practice field on Wednesday ahead of the Crimson Tide's Nov. 9 showdown vs. LSU, Westgate Las Vegas has released its opening line for the SEC's most anticipated game of the year.
Alabama has opened as a 7-point home favorite over the Tigers, a team the Crimson Tide have beaten eight consecutive times dating back to 2012. Nick Saban said Wednesday his star signal caller is a game-time decision based on how he progresses over the next week-and-a-half prior to kickoff.
It is a bit surprising to see a number that big, especially given the Tagovailoa uncertainty, but this would indicate that the book has a lot of faith that he'll be good to go.
BetOnline.ag also has lines out, and it has Alabama -6.
Both teams are on bye this weekend, so Tagovailoa's status is probably the biggest factor in this line shifting, aside from where the early money flows. We'll see how things look once we get to game week.