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Here's how LSU has carefully built its credibility

Updated: November 3, 2011, 8:45 PM ET
By Sarah Phillips

LSU versus Alabama wasn't supposed to be this big of a deal.

Before the season began, most pundits expected Alabama to emerge in the SEC behind Trent Richardson and a loaded, NFL-ready defense, but LSU was a question mark.

On June 10, the Golden Nugget sports book conducted its annual college football betting kickoff by releasing about 100 point spreads for this season's potential marquee college football games. Alabama was set as a nine-point favorite against LSU, ...

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