The preliminary line for the November 9 showdown between the country's top-ranked teams has Alabama as more than a touchdown favorite against LSU.
The AP Poll has LSU and Alabama listed at No. 1 and 2, respectively, but in the latest CFP odds from SportsBetting.ag, LSU has the fourth-best odds to take home the national championship behind Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State.
On October 10, the Tigers were +9.5 on a neutral field against Alabama in a potential CFP matchup so they have certainly climbed in the oddsmakers' power ratings the last few weeks. However, the unknown status of Tua Tagovailoa has the book being cautious with the spread.
"We kind of middled the line not knowing if Tua is going to be out there or not," said Adam Burns, oddsmaker at SportsBetting.ag. "If he plays, the spread will get to or around -10. If he doesn't, look for it to settle around -7. He's worth 3-4 points to the number."