This Saturday, the eyes of the college football universe will be on Tuscaloosa as No. 1 LSU travels to take on No. 2 Alabama. While it is fair to expect a great game, history tells us not to expect a shoot-out.
Currently, the total for Saturday's game sits at 62.5, a number that makes sense when you see that Alabama is averaging the most points in college football at 48.6 points per game (PPG) and LSU is averaging the fifth most at 44.1.
Looking at history, however, this number is a lot more suspect. Only once in the century-long rivalry has a game gone over 60 points combined, which means just 1.2 percent of the time have these teams combined to hit this total.
Additionally, when you look at both team's strong defenses, it further supports the under. Alabama is the No. 8 scoring defense in the nation, surrendering 15.2 PPG, while LSU sits at No. 23, surrendering 20.9 PPG.
Perhaps, working in favor of the over, is the fact that this will be a matchup between two of the top three players in the Heisman odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. If Tua and Burrows get hot, this could be the second time in a century we see an Alabama-LSU shootout.
With that being said, history tells us this game will be a low-scoring affair. Although, no matter what the total, it will be worth tuning into the biggest game of the year.
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