Alabama vs LSU Game Preview: Everything You Need To Know Before Kickoff
Not many people would have predicted another top-3 matchup between Alabama and LSU this season but here we are.
The Crimson Tide and Tigers will renew their annual rivalry game that's become one of the most important on the college football schedule every season. This year's matchup will likely determine who plays in Atlanta for the SEC Championship while the winner also controls its own destiny for the College Football Playoff.
Few settings in college football compare to a night game in Death Valley and we'll be treated to another wild evening in Baton Rouge on Saturday.
Here's everything you need to know about this weekend's game.
No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) vs No. 3 LSU (7-1, 4-1 SEC)
When: Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA
Weather: Looks to be a perfect day for football. The high during the day is 73 degrees with of sunshine. The temperatures will drop into the 50s in the evening so pack a jacket because this one will likely end close to 11 p.m.
TV: CBS (Play-by-play: Brad Nessler, analyst: Gary Danielson, sideline reporter: Jamie Erdhal)
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network (Play-by-play: Eli Gold, color analyst: John Parker Wilson, sideline reporter: Rashad Johnson). Listen on 95.3 the Bear and Tide 102.9/100.9 in Tuscaloosa or download the station apps to stream the game for free.
Spread: The Crimson Tide opened as a 14-point favorite and it's stayed right around that number. The total sits at 54 points. Alabama and LSU are both 5-3 against the spread this season.
Series History: These two SEC programs will meet for the 83rd time on Saturday with the Crimson Tide holding an all-time advantage of 52-25-5. This series has swung both ways thanks to Nick Saban. Before he arrived in Baton Rouge in 2000, Alabama had won 27 of the past 36 meetings. Saban would win four out of five over Bama and put LSU in a position to win 9 out of 12 from 2000-2011. Things have turned crimson since he was hired in Tuscaloosa in 2007 with Alabama winning 9 out of 12, including the current seven game winning streak. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron hasn't defeated Alabama in five tries as a head coach.
Last Meeting: Before Alabama's bye week, the Crimson Tide traveled to Knoxville and put on an offensive performance that will be long remembered in the rivalry. Tua Tagovailoa and that offense scored 28 first quarter points and led 42-14 at halftime. Bama would tack on 16 more points in the third quarter and those 58 points were the most scored against Tennessee in the series. Alabama finished the day with 545 total yards and 30 first downs in the 58-21 win.
Last Week: LSU is also coming off a bye week but took down Mississippi State in Baton Rouge the week prior. The Tigers defense kept the Bulldogs on its heels and held them to just three points. LSU did benefit from four State turnovers in the game and still managed to score 19 points despite just 239 yards of total offense. The 19-3 win gave LSU back-to-back wins over ranked teams and set up a huge showdown against Alabama.