If anyone is going to beat Alabama before this year’s College Football Playoff, it will happen Saturday night at LSU’s Tiger Stadium.
That’s not to say that is going to happen, but there is little question that No. 13 LSU (5-2, 3-1 SEC) poses the biggest threat to No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0). The Crimson Tide close their schedule with three home games, including FCS Chattanooga.
Should Alabama run the table, it would move on to play the winner of the Charmin-soft SEC East in the conference championship game.
Alabama has won the last five games in a series that it leads with a perfectly symmetrical all-time record of 50-25-5.
The last LSU win in the rivalry came in 2011, a 9-6 win in “The Game of the Century” at Tiger Stadium. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the follow-up to that performance was on par with sequels like Caddyshack II and Slap Shot 2. Alabama hasn’t dropped a game to LSU since its 21-0 win in the 2011 BCS National Championship.
It’s been an even longer wait for LSU to beat the nation’s No. 1 team at Tiger Stadium. The only time it happened was Oct. 11, 1997 when the Tigers knocked off Steve Spurrier’s top-ranked Florida squad.
If LSU is to pull off the upset, it needs more from running back Leonard Fournette than it got last season. Alabama single-handedly derailed his Heisman campaign, limiting Fournette to 31 yards on 19 carries. However, after setting the LSU single-game rushing record against Ole Miss in LSU’s last game, Fournette is raring to go against the Crimson Tide.
LSU vs. Alabama game time, details
Date: Saturday, Nov. 5
Time: 8 p.m. EST
Location: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.
Weather: 70 degrees, partly cloudy
The line: Alabama by 8.5
What TV channel is LSU vs. Alabama on?
The game will be broadcast on CBS.
How can I watch LSU vs. Alabama online?
The game will be streamed on CBSSports.com.
Who is calling the game?
Uncle Verne Lundquist will handle play-by-play in his final season behind the mic. He is joined by analyst Gary Danielson. Allie LaForce reports from the sidelines.