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Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts scored a rushing touchdown to give the Tide a 10-0 victory over LSU in 2016.

2017 Alabama football opponent preview and prediction: LSU

Counting down to the start of Alabama football fall camp Thursday, SEC Country is previewing the Crimson Tide’s 2017 opponents.

Alabama vs. LSU

  • When: Saturday, Nov. 4
  • Kickoff time: TBA
  • Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • TV: TBA
  • Last meeting: Alabama defeated LSU 10-0 on Nov. 5, 2016

LSU at a glance

  • Coach: Ed Orgeron
  • 2016 record: 8-4, 5-3 SEC

LSU players to watch

Arden Key | OLB/DE

Arden Key took a leave of absence earlier this spring, but LSU coach Ed Orgeron expects him to be back with the team.

If so, Key is one of the top defenders in the SEC and all of college football. Key finished second in the SEC with 12 sacks last season.

Derrius Guice | RB

Leonard Fournette got all of the hype last year, and rightfully so, but Derrius Guice proved he can be a feature back when Fournette was out with injuries.

Guice is powerful, explosive and fast. He led the SEC with 1,387 rushing yards to go with 15 rushing touchdowns, which was second in the conference. There’s a case to be made for Guice being one of the best players in the country.

Danny Etling | QB

Danny Etling started the final 10 games at quarterback in 2015, leading the Tigers to a 7-3 mark over that span. He finished the season with 2,123 passing yards and 11 touchdowns and ranked No. 6 in the SEC in passing yards per game (193.0). Etling paired with Guice against Texas A&M least November to become the first duo in school history to have a 300-yard passing/200-yard rushing game.

Donte Jackson | CB

Donte Jackson played in all 12 games and started 11 of those at cornerback. Jackson totaled 39 tackles for the Tigers, including a career-high 7 tackles against Alabama.

Our take

In the four matchups from 2007-10, Alabama and LSU split. Alabama won the games in 2008 and 2009, with LSU posting wins in 2007 and 2010. The Tigers even took the epic Game of the Century in 2011 with a 9-6 overtime victory in Tuscaloosa.

Since then, it’s been all Alabama. Just as they have with most SEC teams, the Crimson Tide have owned the Tigers dating back to the 2011 national title game.

The games have been close in Baton Rouge, but the last two in Tuscaloosa have been blowout wins for Alabama.

In the last two meetings in Tuscaloosa, Alabama has outscored LSU 68-33. The Tigers offense doesn’t seem to travel well when it comes to playing the Tide in Tuscaloosa. Two years ago, Alabama held Fournette to 31 rushing yards and dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

Will Guice get the same treatment in Tuscaloosa? We’ll have to wait and see.

Alabama football has won six straight over LSU. That streak increases to seven this season.

Prediction

Alabama 24, LSU 13

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