BATON ROUGE — No. 1 Alabama faces 15th-ranked LSU at 8 p.m. ET Saturday in a game with SEC and College Football Playoff implications.
The Tigers (5-2, 3-1 SEC) have turned their season around under interim coach Ed Orgeron, going 3-0 in October. They’ve averaged 536 yards per game in the process, 200 yards more than what they averaged under Les Miles in September. But now they get the third-ranked offense in the SEC, and must find a way to slow down dual-threat freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts. Alabama, similarly, has to stop LSU’s explosive run game, but with the top-ranked rushing defense in the conference, it will be strength vs. strength.