KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Tyrann Mathieu #7 of the LSU Tigers reacts before kickoff against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Alabama Crimson Tide is favored to beat the LSU Tigers by 4.5 points at the moment. But since this game is going to be bet about as hard as the national title game, it's time to take a look at the other stuff you could elect to throw your money at, courtesy of Bodog.com:
Will the winner of the Alabama & LSU game win the BCS Championship?
Will Alabama & LSU play each other in the BCS National Championship Game?
Wouldn't mind betting against the latter. As 2006 showed, voters don't like setting up rematches. And that was with only one unbeaten BCS-conference team, not the approximately eleventy this year will offer up.
Will there be a Defensive or Special Team Touchdown scored in the game?
Alabama has two defensive touchdowns (Courtney Upshaw and DeQuan Menzie), with Marquis Maze adding a punt return score. Morris Claiborne scored on a kick return for LSU, with Tyrann Mathieu and Ron Brooks reaching the end zone thrice on defense. That's seven non-offensive scores in 16 total games so far, many of those against bad offenses.
Total Offensive Yards (Both Teams Combined)
Total Offensive Yards - Alabama
Total Offensive Yards -LSU
Each team averages about 100 yards more than those figures, but they've yet to face teams as good as each other. Could go by last year: LSU 433, Alabama 325, making for 758 total. Then again, both defenses are better than they were last year. Then again, Jarrett Lee's pretty good. This has been a whole lot of help.
Will Tyrann Mathieu record a Forced Fumble?
Will Tyrann Mathieu record an Interception?
I really can't think of anything more SEC than betting on fumble forcery. The Honey Badger has nine forced fumbles in 20 career games, but hasn't logged one since Oct. 1. Think he's due? For what it's worth, Alabama's lost all of three fumbles in eight games.
Who will have more Passing & Rushing Yards?
A.J. McCarron (Alabama) -11.5 (Even)
Fun fact: neither of these teams passes all that much. Combined, they've thrown 13 more passes than Texas Tech all by itself. Bama ranks 86th in pass attempts, while LSU ranks 109th. The Tigers are good for a big play or two per game, while the Alabama passing game might be the Tide's relative weakness. Lee and McCarron rank No. 1 and 2 in the SEC in passing efficiency.
Bama averages about 40 yards more per game passing than LSU does. But the sneaky thing to consider here ... what if McCarron has to leave for a few plays? LSU's side counts for both Lee and Jordan Jefferson, who's tacked on 41 yards per game since returning. But if Phillip Sims had to play a series, it wouldn't count towards your wager here. Important things to think about.