Alabama-LSU has in 13 months gone from Game of the Century to not even as interesting as BYU at Coastal Carolina.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide visit the defending national champion Tigers on Saturday for a game that is likely to be a name-the-score blowout for Alabama, which is favored by more than four touchdowns.
Looking for a game matching ranked teams this week? Try Conway, South Carolina, for a battle of unbeatens. No. 14 Coastal Carolina faces No. BYU in a game that was finalized Thursday after No. 25 Liberty had to cancel its trip to Conway because of COVID-19 issues.
That’s where ESPN’s “College GameDay” will be Saturday.
As for the Tigers and Tide, it was a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in Tuscaloosa last season. Joe Burrow and LSU broke an eight-game losing streak in the series with a thrilling victory that vaulted LSU to a national title.
This matchup will be the first time that both teams are not ranked since 2006, when the Tide was out of the Top 25 and LSU was 12th. The Tigers won that 28-14.
The last time LSU faced Alabama as an unranked team was 2001, when neither was in the poll. An unranked LSU team last faced a ranked Alabama team in 1999 and the 12th-ranked Tide won 23-17.
No. 1 Alabama (minus 29 1/2) at LSU
Largest margin of victory by ‘Bama in the series is 44 points back in 1922. Just in case you were wondering … ALABAMA 45-10.
Syracuse (plus 33 1/2) at No. 2 Notre Dame
Irish needed a win over the Orange to clinch a spot in the ACC title game until the league decided to eliminate the Irish’s last game; that should tell you how much of a forgone conclusion this one is … NOTRE DAME 45-7.