Eyes all across America will be glued to their screens on Saturday when No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 LSU square off on the grandest stage of the 2018 campaign at 7 p.m. CT in Tiger Stadium.
No other marquee matchup has caused a bigger stir in nine weeks of college football than this prime time showdown on CBS. And there may not be another until the playoff is set a month from now.
The Crimson Tide coasts into Baton Rouge undefeated and outscoring opponents an average of 54-15 in eight runaway victories. Granted, the path to 8-0 has not been that difficult with Bama’s highest-ranked opponent in the CBS Sports 129 – a ranking of all 129 FBS schools – Texas A&M at No. 27 followed by Missouri at 55.
Alabama is playing like one of the nation’s best and LSU will be the Tide’s stiffest challenge to date.
The Tigers (7-1) have seven years of built-up frustration in the form of losses to Alabama and know to play for a championship the road from Baton Rouge to Atlanta ultimately goes through Tuscaloosa.
Let’s look at some injury updates, keys to a victory and predictions for Saturday’s clash.