LSU is heading into a game as the largest underdog it's been since the mid-90s, and its former coach doesn't expect a shocker this week.
Former Tigers coach Les Miles begrudgingly picked Alabama in this week's rivalry match in Tuscaloosa.
"It's painful. Understand we love LSU. LSU is a spectacular place ...," Miles said on his Les is More podcast. "As much as I hate to admit it. If I had to bet the house, I'd have to bet on Alabama."
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LSU (6-2) opened up as a 21.5-point underdog against No. 1-ranked Alabama (8-0).
"I think LSU is given it's best chance at winning this game, the approach being 'hey ... this is a great opponent, we're going to play best and have fun.' I think there'll be a lot of energy in the building," Miles said.
Miles served as the head coach for LSU for 11 seasons before he was fired following a 2-2 start least season. He returned to Tiger Stadium for the first time earlier this season, joining his 2007 national championship team at halftime during LSU's game with Auburn for a 10-year-reunion celebration.
The Tigers head into Alabama playing their best football of the season, and currently on a three-game winning streak following a 40-24 win over Ole Miss. Alabama is undefeated, most recently blowing out Tennessee 45-7. The Crimson Tide, which opened up as No. 2 in the first College Football Playoff rankings this week, has outscored opponents by a combined score of 344-55 so far this season.