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Former LSU star Jacob Hester hugs former head coach Les Miles as members of the LSU 2007 National Championship team are recognized on the field at halftime between LSU and Auburn, Saturday, October 14, 2017, at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

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. 

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