SEC Alabama-LSU Game Breakdown
Alabama (6-2 overall and 4-1 in SEC games) will host LSU (7-1, 4-1 SEC) at 4 p.m. CDT Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Bryant-Denny Stadium will have a capacity crowd of 92,138. The game will be telecast by CBS (Verne Lundquist, play-by-play; Gary Danielson, analyst, Tracy Wolfson, sideline]
Les Miles is in his third season at LSU with a record of 29-5 (.853) and in his 7th season overall with a record of 57-26 (.687). The Tigers' offensive coordinator is Gary Crowton and the defensive coordinator is Bo Pelini.
Nick Saban is in his first season at Alabama and in his 14th season overall with a record of 112-61-1 (.647). The Crimson Tide's offensive coordinator is Major Applewhite and the defensive coordinator is Kevin Steele.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN LSU HAS THE BALL
QB Matt Flynn brings a 7-1 overall mark as a starter into the contest. In seven games this year, Flynn has thrown for 1,266 yards and 8 TDs and he's rushed for another 138 yards and a score. RB Jacob Hester leads the Tigers with 544 yards and 5 scores, while Brandon LaFell (30 rec., 412 yards, 1 TD) and Early Doucet (22 rec., 246 yards, 2 TDs) are LSU's top receivers.
Wallace Gilberry is the Tide's third-leading tackler this season with 45 stops, including 19 in his last three games. He also leads UA with four sacks, 10 quar-terback pressures and 12 tackles for loss. Rolando McClain is second on the team with 47 tackles. He has added 4.5 TFLs, two pass breakups and one sack. Simeon Castille leads the team with seven pass breakups.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN ALABAMA HAS THE BALL
S Craig Steltz leads the team with 59 tackles, while DT Glenn Dorsey 39 tackles, 6.5 TFL and 4 sacks. In seven games this year, Highsmith ranks second on the squad in tackles with 56 tackles, which includes 6.0 tackles for losses and a 1.5 sacks. Highsmith is first on the team in pass breakups with six and he's also recorded a team-best six quarterback hurries to go with a forced fumble.
John Parker Wilson is 12-9 (.571) as the starting quarterback. In 26 career games, Wilson has completed 396 of 689 (.575) passes for 4,681 yards, with 30 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. In eight games this season, D.J. Hall leads the team with 50 catches for 764 yards and five touchdowns. He also leads UA with 15.3 yards per catch. Terry Grant has 127 rushing attempts for 697 yards and seven touchdowns. He also averages 5.5 yards per carry.
LSU PK Colt David became the school's all-time leader in PATs against Auburn as he ran his career total to 131. David has also moved up to sixth in LSU history in career scoring with 215 points. This year, David has converted 14 field goals, which ranks as the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. David has 26 career field goals, which ranks seventh in LSU history.
Javier Arenas of Alabama has four returns (3 punts and 1 kick-off) for more than 50 yards this season. Arenas is second in the SEC and 11th nationally with a 16.1 yard punt return average this season. Leigh Tiffin is 15-of-22 on field goal attempts this season and has been successful on seven of his last nine attempts.
Record: UA, 43-22-5 Last: LSU, 31-24 (2006 at Baton Rouge)
LSU and Alabama meet for the 71st time ... LSU is currently enjoying its most successful stretch ever against Alabama, having won four straight and six of the last seven against the Crimson Tide ... LSU has also won three straight road games against Alabama which marks the Tigers' longest winning streak in Tuscaloosa ... Since 1996, the home team in the series has won just four times in 11 tries (LSU won three of the four) ... LSU's 30-28 win over Alabama in Baton Rouge in 2000 was the first for the Tigers over the Crimson Tide in Tiger Stadium since 1969 ... Current Alabama coach Nick Saban served as LSU's head coach for five years from 2000-04... LSU coach Les Miles is 2-0 vs. Alabama.
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