The No. 5 LSU Tigers host the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide on Nov. 3 at Tiger Stadium. The game will be played at 7:11 p.m. Central time and televised on CBS.
Series InformationLSU trails Alabama all-time 25-46-5. LSU's 46th loss came in the BCS title game last season. The Tide shutout the Tigers, 21-0, in the Superdome and put a huge blemish on what could have been the greatest season in school history. The series is not in the Tigers favor at home either as Alabama leads in Baton Rouge all-time, 25-8-2. However, since 2000 LSU is 4-2 at home against Alabama. The Tigers have impressive streaks at risk in this game. LSU has the nation's longest active home winning streak at 22 games. LSU also has won 15 straight home night games.
Top SEC Defenses Square OffThe Tide and Tigers are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the SEC in defense. Alabama leads the conference and the nation in scoring defense (8.1 points per game), total defense (203.1 yards per game), passing defense (145.9 yards per game) and rushing defense (57.3 yards per game). LSU allows 14.6 points per game and about 40 more yards per game than Alabama, almost all of the difference is in rush yards allowed. Even though Alabama's offense is among the most efficient in the country in terms of passing and red zone scoring, LSU should be able to slow the Tide down from the offensive pace they've enjoyed so far this season.
LSU Offense Must Move The BallLSU cannot possibly win the game if it moves the ball on offense as pathetically as it did in the BCS title game. The Tigers were held to just 92 yards in the game on 44 plays. Asking if LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger can defeat a Nick Saban coached defense in his first attempt is the wrong question to pose. Mettenberger won't be asked to beat Alabama by solely by throwing the ball. However, he will need to be able throw the ball efficiently when called upon to allow LSU to have any semblance of a running game.
The Tigers need to play a near-perfect game to knock off the Tide. Unfortunately, LSU hasn't shown any signs of being capable of pulling such a feat off this season.
As an LSU fan, there is probably no other team I'd like to see the Tigers beat than Alabama. I'm hoping for a surprise win which will shake up the BCS.
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