Time to clear your Saturday schedules, college football fans. The big one between Alabama and LSU is here.
The Crimson Tide and Tigers have a history of huge regular season matchups, but the last few years have failed to live up to expectations. LSU has been shutout in two of the last three games between the two sides, and haven’t won against ‘Bama since 2011’s “Game of the Century.”
That was a 9-6 overtime win for the Tigers, a defensive slugfest that still gets brought up to this day. Alabama ultimately got its revenge that fall, winning a rematch in the BCS National Championship 21-0, and laying to rest any doubt over which SEC West power was stronger that season.
While there is something to be said for a defensive showdown like that, this year’s edition of the game should look quite a bit different.
Alabama has had a very explosive offenses since turning things over to Tua Tagovailoa, the superstar potential No. 1 pick at quarterback. He is expected to return from an injury that sidelined him last month in the team’s win against Tennessee, and held him out of the win over Arkansas. His health is one of the biggest storylines entering Saturday.
LSU has joined them, after years of slogging run-first ball. Joe Burrow is now slinging the ball all over the yard and is the current favorite to beat Tagovailoa for the Heisman. If he does it in this weekend’s head-to-head matchup, it should cement that status.
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More on Saturday’s game:
Game Time: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET
Spread: Alabama -6
Announcers: Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson, Jamie Erdahl
Alabama football has been the better program for most of the teams’ shared history. The Crimson Tide leads the all-time rivalry 53–25–5, and has an eight game winning streak.
It was Nick Saban that raised the level at LSU, winning a national title in Baton Rouge before his brief departure to the NFL. Saban was 4-1 against Alabama with the Tigers, and is 10-3 on the other side of the rivalry with the Crimson Tide.