The most-anticipated college football game of the year is upon us.
Nick Saban and No. 1 Alabama invades Baton Rouge to face off with SEC West rival and No. 3-ranked LSU.
The question of whether anyone can slow down Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide offense appears to fall on the shoulders of Ed Orgeron’s defense.
It will be a defense without its leader for the first half after a targeting call forced LSU to sit Devin White for the first half of tonight’s game.
Alabama leads the nation with 12 plays of 50 yards or longer, while LSU has allowed only one play of that distance.
The Tide is averaging 54 points a game, while the Tigers are allowing opponents just 15 points a game.
Perhaps the bigger question is whether Joe Burrow and the LSU offense can score enough points to keep pace with Tagovailoa?
The game will have the biggest impact on the College Football Playoff this week and will certainly cause a shift in the top 4.
The prime-time, must-see game is set for 7 p.m. central (8 p.m. ET) and will be televised by CBS.
Odds makers apparently expect the Tide to have it easier this time, listing Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC, No. CFP) as a two-touchdown favorite at No. 4 LSU (7-1, 4-1 SEC, No. 3 CFP). Follow complete coverage of tonight’s game at al.com/alabamafootball.com