The Southeastern Conference limits were in effect for last week's game. Visiting Mississippi State had only 70 men dressed, but that was enough for the Bulldogs, who took a 24-16 win over Bama in Tuscaloosa's Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama was allowed to dress 95, of which 80 were eligible for competition. This week it will be the Crimson Tide with the 70 limit at Baton Rouge, while LSU will be on the 95-80 plan.
Alabama, 6-4 overall and 2-4 in SEC games, takes on LSU, 7-2 overall and 3-2 in the conference and coming off a nice road win over Tennessee, at 6:45 p.m. CST Saturday. ESPN will televise the game.
Alabama played 58 men against Mississippi State. The Tide used 20 on offense, 22 on defense, and 16 just on special teams.
Sophomore Rashad Johnson started his third consecutive game at safety against Mississippi State. Sophomore Will Oakley started his fourth straight game at wide receiver. Junior wide receiver Keith Brown played one series in the third quarter of Saturday's loss to MSU. Brown had missed the last two games against Tennessee and Florida International with a knee injury.
Prior to missing the FIU game, B.J. Stabler had played in 19 straight games and made 18 consecutive starts.
Center Antoine Caldwell, halfback Kenneth Darby, and defensive end Wallace Gilberry extended their starting streaks to 21 games, longest of any current Tide players. Defensive end Chris Harris played in his 39th game, the most by any Alabama player without a career start.
Here are those who played against Mississippi State with starters listed first and the number of plays in parenthesis. If there are two numbers, the second is the number of plays on special teams.
Split End—D. J. Hall (62-2), Nikita Stover (18)
Left Tackle—Andre Smith (65-4)
Left Guard—Justin Britt (65)
Center—Antoine Caldwell (65)
Right Guard—B.J. Stabler, (11), Marlon Davis (54)
Quarterback—John Parker Wilson (65)
Halfback—Kenneth Darby (38), Jimmy Johns (7-5)
Fullback—LéRon McClain (47-15), Tim Castille (21-11)
Flanker—Will Oakley (56), Matt Caddell (18), Keith Brown (5)
Left End—Wallace Gilberry (46), Chris Harris (20)
Strong Safety—Jeffrey Dukes (66-7)
Safety—Rashad Johnson (18-7), Marcus Carter (48-5)
Punter and Holder—P.J. Fitzgerald (6 punts, 3 field goals, 1 extra point)
Snapper—Luke Spaulding (6 punts, 3 field goals, 1 extra point)
Placekicker—Jamie Christensen (5 kickoffs, 3 field goals, 1 extra point)
Coverage and Returns—Marcel Stamps (5), Chris Rogers (10), Marquis Johnson (11), Ali Sharrief (10), Justin Woodall (5), Javier Arenas (10), Bryan Kilpatrick (13), Forress Rayford (8), Eryk Anders (3), Sam Burnthall (15), Darren Mustin (5), Evan Cardwell (4), Michael Johnson (4)