No. 6 Alabama (7-1, 4-1 SEC) at No. 10 LSU (7-1, 4-1), 3:30 p.m. (CBS-3)
Line: Alabama by 6.
Series Record: Alabama leads 45-23-5.
Last Meeting: 2009, Alabama 24-15.
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WHAT’S AT STAKE
Alabama still controls its fate in the SEC. By beating LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn, Alabama would go into the conference championship game still in the hunt for a second straight national title. LSU must beat Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas and also needs Auburn to lose to Georgia and Alabama.
Alabama WR Julio Jones vs. LSU CB Patrick Peterson. Jones is among the top receivers in the SEC, with 669 yards and three TDs, while Peterson is regarded as the best cornerback, although he doesn’t have the statistics (2 INTs) to show it. Peterson has covered Jones in the teams’ previous two meetings. When Peterson went out of last year’s game with a cramp in the fourth quarter, Jones gave Alabama the lead on a 73-yard TD.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Alabama: The RB tandem of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and his talented backup, Trent Richardson, has helped the Tide average 187 yards rushing this season.
LSU: RB Stevan Ridley has been LSU’s most reliable offensive player and is second in the SEC with 723 yards rushing. DT Drake Nevis has been a menace, ranking fourth in the SEC in sacks (five) and tackles for losses (11.5).
FACTS & FIGURES
This is the fourth consecutive meeting in which both teams have been ranked. LSU last beat Alabama in 2007 en route to a national title. … Alabama is 25-7-2 against LSU in games played in Baton Rouge. … Alabama coach Nick Saban and LSU coach Les Miles won BCS titles at LSU. Saban’s title came in the 2003 season. Last season with Alabama, he won his second BCS title as a head coach. … This marks the sixth time LSU has faced a former head coach. The Tigers are 3-2 in such games, with both losses coming against Saban’s Alabama. … These teams first played each other in 1895 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 12-6.
— Associated Press