TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Since LSU defeated Alabama 9-6 in the 2011 “Game of the Century,” the Crimson Tide has ripped off five straight wins in the series, including the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.
But LSU defensive back Dwayne Thomas believes the Tigers losing streak ends this year.
“I really see us dominating this offense,” Thomas said, according to The Advocate. “I really see us dominating this team.”
Thomas didn’t stop there. Thomas is one of four LSU players who was around for the 2012 and 2014 losses to Alabama in Death Valley.
In 2012, the Crimson Tide won after AJ McCarron hit running back T.J. Yeldon on a screen pass for a touchdown. Two years ago, Blake Sims led a game-tying drive to send the contest into overtime. Alabama escaped with a 20-13 overtime victory.
“This is the year,” Thomas said. “We’ve been letting them off the hook for the last couple of years. This is my senior year. We’re going out with a bang. It’s time for us to bring that win back. We’re going to be at home. I feel like we have the edge to take it to them, and we’re going to take it to them. I feel like we’re going to dominate this game.”
Alabama players got their chance to respond on Monday. Compared to Thomas, Alabama’s players were mild in their rebuttals.
“He can say what he wants to say, we’re going to settle it on the field,” said Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen said. “So we’ll see on Saturday.”
Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick wanted to have some fun with Thomas’ comments, but he took the high road.
“What do I want to say? No, I’m playing,” Fitzpatrick said. “You can’t pay attention to it. Every team talks and everybody has a thought about this and that, but you just have to play your game.”
No disrespect to Tennessee or Auburn, but LSU has been Alabama’s most heated rival in recent years because of the implications that come with each game.
The winner has gone on to win the SEC West and SEC Championship Game in four of the last five seasons.
“We always love playing LSU, especially at LSU, it’s one of the things you’ll never forget — especially if this is your first time,” Allen said. “So for a lot of guys, this is their first time and they’re just excited for the opportunity. We’re just ready to play.”