Paul Finebaum says LSU's home-field advantage against Alabama 'is a little bit overdone'
Though No. 3 LSU is a two-touchdown underdog against top-ranked Alabama, the biggest factor working in the Tigers’ favor is that Saturday’s game will be played in Death Valley.
But one of college football’s most recognizable pundits isn’t convinced that home-field advantage will make much of a difference this year.
In an appearance on the Saturday Down South podcast, Paul Finebaum downplayed the effect that a night game in Tiger Stadium might have on a largely untested Crimson Tide squad.
“I don’t want to upset anyone in Baton Rouge, but I think this conversation about Death Valley is a little bit overdone,” Finebaum said on the podcast. “It’s a tough place, but I’m not sure that…it’s not scary if you have a lead on them. I can assure you that.”
Alabama, of course, has made a habit of building massive first-quarter and halftime leads during their undefeated march through the first eight games of the year. But Tigers fans are hoping their team can keep things close throughout the contest and create a situation the Crimson Tide hasn’t had to face this season.
If anything, Finebaum’s comment will probably only make Death Valley louder when LSU and Alabama kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday.