Picks: Tide will beat the Tigers

Predicting Week 11's big games, including LSU-Bama and Auburn-Tennessee

Updated: November 8, 2013, 9:32 AM ET
By Phil Steele | ESPN Insider

McCarron/MettenbergerUSA TODAY SportsAJ McCarron's Tide and Zach Mettenberger's Tigers square off in a battle of SEC powers.

Each week during the 2013 college football season, I will offer my picks and scores for the biggest games in addition to a handful of other key matchups.

Week 10 is in the books and my picks went a perfect 9-0. Overall, my record stands at 71-19.

After a week that saw Florida State tally yet another blowout win over a highly ranked rival, Week 11 brings a variety of highly anticipated matchups, including several featuring the nation's top teams.

Editor's note: We've removed the two Thursday night picks following the completion of those games, but have included the score picks for each in the interest of full disclosure.


Thursday's games

No. 3 Oregon Ducks at No. 5 Stanford Cardinal

Pick: Oregon 34, Stanford 27

No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners at No. 6 Baylor Bears

Pick: Baylor 41, Oklahoma 31


No. 13 LSU Tigers at No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide

Saturday at 8 p.m. ET

No rivalry in college football has had more impact on the BCS title race in the past couple of years than this one, as Nick Saban owns a 4-3 mark over Les Miles since taking over in Tuscaloosa in 2007. Last season, the Tigers outplayed the Crimson Tide for much of the second half, but Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron led a last-minute touchdown drive that kept the Tide No. 1 with a 21-17 win.

LSU has been inconsistent on both sides of the ball this year. The offense was humming along, averaging 489 yards per game the first six contests; the defense allowed three straight games of 430 or more yards. Then in back-to-back games against Florida and Ole Miss, the offense stalled.

Phil Steele

ESPN Insider