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ESPN's Updated Prediction For The Alabama-LSU Game

Alabama football head coach Nick Saban at the College Football Playoff title game.

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts during the press conference after his teams 44-16 loss to the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Alabama-LSU game in Tuscaloosa is by far the most anticipated game of the season. It may be the biggest regular season game since...the Alabama-LSU game in 2011.

But what was supposed to be a shootout between two well-coached teams, elite defenses and Heisman Trophy-contending, NFL-caliber quarterbacks got a wrinkle that could turn the game on its head.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered an ankle sprain in their win over Tennessee last week. Tagovailoa has already been ruled out for Alabama's next game against Arkansas. His status beyond next week is very much up in the air, though he's telling teammates he'll be back for LSU.

But despite being iffy for the game, ESPN's computer model thinks that Alabama still has the edge.

ESPN’s computer model believes that Alabama has control of the game. The computer model gives the Crimson Tide a 71.0 percent chance to beat the LSU Tigers.

LSU has a big game against No. 9 Auburn this weekend, and could replace Alabama as the No. 1 team in the nation with a win. But win or lose, Alabama-LSU will still be the most highly-anticipated game of the season - and perhaps for the next few seasons.

The game will be played on November 9 and will air on CBS.