Alabama Set to Battle LSU for Third Time in 12 Months

By Steve LeMaster

Another college football weekend, another blockbuster matchup in the Southeastern Conference. For the third time in 12 months, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers  are set to meet on the gridiron. Alabama (8-0 overall, 5-0 SEC) will visit LSU (7-1 overall, 3-1 SEC) on Saturday. Yes, Death Valley stands in the way of the Crimson Tide and an undefeated regular-season. Then again, a win over Alabama would vault the Tigers ahead in the BCS Standings. The latest matchup in the tradition-rich series has Alabama ranked first and LSU sixth in the Official Rant Sports College Football Top 25.

The two teams are meeting after Alabama blanked the Tigers 21-0 in January to win the BCS National Championship. Alabama managed to derail the same LSU team that had notched a hard-fought 9-6 win when the two college football powerhouses met during the regular season.

Alabama is poised to play on the road for the third time in four weeks. Prior to having last week open, LSU had played two of its last three games on the road. LSU’s lone loss came to the Florida Gators in Gainesville  on the first Saturday in October. Since suffering the setback at Florida, LSU has registered wins over the South Carolina Gamecocks and Texas A&M Aggies.

After enjoying an open date on Oct. 6, Alabama has dominated a trio of SEC opponents, defeating the Missouri Tigers, Tennessee Volunteers and Mississippi State Bulldogs by a combined 124-30 over the last three weeks.

The Alabama-LSU football series is one of the best in college football. Alabama leads the all-times series and playing on the road at LSU hasn’t limited the Crimson Tide. Alabama leads the series 46-25-5 and holds a 25-9-2 advantage over the Tigers in games played in Baton Rouge.

Steve LeMaster is a college football columnist for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter.

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