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Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama Attendance: 101,821
LSU Tigers at Alabama Crimson Tide
- Alabama has won eight straight games against LSU, including last year's 29-0 shutout in Baton Rouge. This will be the third time that Alabama and LSU face off as AP No. 1 and No. 2, along with a pair of meetings in the 2011 season; they are the first teams all-time with three such head-to-head meetings.
- The Crimson Tide are in the top four of the CFP poll for the 28th week all-time (out of a possible 32), four more than the next-closest team (Clemson, 24). Alabama has made the four-team playoff field every year since its inception in 2014, the only team to do so.
- Since the start of last season, Jerry Jeudy's 22 touchdown receptions are tied for the most in the FBS, with CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma) and James Proche (SMU). Jeudy's 1997 receiving yards over that span rank third, while his 120 receptions rank ninth.
- LSU is coming off its narrowest winning margin of the season, a 23-20 home defeat of then-No. 9 Auburn two weeks ago. LSU gained at least 400 total yards (508) for an 11th straight game, the second-longest active streak in the FBS (Oklahoma, 18 games).
- In his first 10 starts at LSU last year, Joe Burrow passed for 192.3 yards per game, seven touchdowns and four interceptions, with a 54.8 completion percentage. In 11 starts since then, he's averaged 343.3 yards per game while throwing 39 TD passes and just five interceptions, and completing 75.3 percent.
- LSU, Ohio St., Clemson, UGa. still top 4
- Oklahoma WR Lamb could be out again
- Dantonio plans to return to Michigan St.
- Concussed Minnesota QB Morgan uncertain
- Vanderbilt AD says Mason will return
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama and LSU are ready for another 1 versus 2 November get-together.
It took eight years, seismic offensive shifts and two Heisman Trophy-contending quarterbacks, but they're back for another massive meeting between the nation's two top-ranked teams in the AP poll.
No. 1 LSU (8-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 2 CFP) meets No. 2 Alabama (8-0, 5-0, No. 3 CFP) Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium, just like the so-called Game of the Century in 2011. Well, not just like it since those comparatively plodding offenses never reached the end zone and now the Tigers and Crimson Tide have two of the nation's best .
Even President Donald Trump is expected to attend.
"It's very exciting, 1 vs. 2, it's the best of the best," Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy said. "Everybody wants to play their best game because it's 1 vs. 2. You want to go out there and show that you're the best. So there's a lot of excitement, a lot of anxiety, just ready to go out and play."
The big question leading up to the game is the status of Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and his surgically repaired right ankle. Coach Nick Saban has said that will be "a game-time decision," but Tagovailoa has been practicing and `Bama remains a 5-1/2-point favorite.
If he's healthy, it has the makings of an epic quarterback showdown: Tagovailoa and LSU's Joe Burrow rank among the top three nationally in completion percentage and passing efficiency. Burrow is second in passing yards per game and Tagovailoa is seventh.
The offenses bear scant resemblance to those in the 2011 field goal festival, won 9-6 by LSU in overtime. Alabama won the rematch 21-0 in the national championship game and hasn't lost to its SEC West rival since then - an eight-game win streak.
Both teams again have their sights set on SEC championships and playoff berths. LSU has polished its resume with three wins over Top 10 teams, and perhaps could overcome a loss in Tuscaloosa or the SEC championship game. Alabama hasn't faced anybody currently ranked, and might not have that luxury.
"We went on the road and (played) a really good Texas team, played Florida, Auburn," Burrow said. "So we've been challenged, and I think that's going to help us a lot this week, facing the adversity we've had this year ... We have a really mature team."
Some other things to know heading into the LSU-Alabama showdown:
Saban has been cautious, or maybe just coy, in public comments about Tagovailoa's status. The 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up has missed the past six-plus quarters since getting injured against Tennessee and had a surgical procedure on his right ankle.
Mac Jones took his place.
"Tua's worked hard to try to get back where he has an opportunity to play," Saban said Wednesday night. "He's been able to practice some. We still don't know what his status for the game is going to be. We'll make it when the game comes. We don't know what kind of setbacks he's going to have and how he's going to continue to progress. So, there's nothing else I can really say about it."
"This is the best football team we've had going into this game."- LSU's Ed Orgeron.
LSU is "extremely explosive on offense, still play really good on defense. It's going to come down to the same old things - playing with discipline, blocking, tackling, basic fundamentals, not turning the ball over, explosive plays and people have to maintain their poise so they can do that for 60 minutes in the game." - Alabama's Nick Saban.
LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton doesn't buy into talk that this will be a shootout.
"I mean, that's crazy, because I think we've both got pretty good defenses," Fulton said. "I know it won't be that high for sure, but I'm not really looking into the media about that."
President Trump is visiting his third sporting event in recent weeks, having attended Game 5 of the World Series and an Ultimate Fighting Championship match in New York City's Madison Square Garden. The president's decision to attend Alabama-LSU, Tide receiver Henry Ruggs III said "shows the magnitude of the type of game that this could be."
Added Burrow: "Regardless of your political views, that's pretty cool, having the president at the game."
REMEMBER THE RUNNERS
Alabama's Najee Harris and LSU's Clyde Edwards-Helaire are still threats, even if they've been overshadowed by the quarterbacks and wide receivers. Edwards-Heilaire has run for 683 yards and eight touchdowns while Harris has gained 642 yards with five scores. Both are also receiving threats out of the backfield.
AP Sports Writer Brett Martel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana contributed to this report.
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Updated November 9, 2019