BATON ROUGE, LA — With LSU’s showdown with Alabama now just three days away, the top-ranked Tigers continued to prepare Wednesday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility for what many are calling one of the biggest regular season games in Southeastern Conference history.
Saturday’s matchup between LSU and Alabama marks the first time in the history of the SEC that the nation’s top two ranked teams meet in the regular season. It’s also the first 1 vs. 2 regular season matchup in college football since November of 2006 when Ohio State and Michigan squared off.
Kickoff it set for 7 p.m. in a sold out Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The game will be televised nationally on CBS with a shot at being one of the most watched college football games ever.
LSU and Alabama bring identical records of 8-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play into the contest. Both teams have won all of their games this year by double figures. Dating back to last year, LSU has won a school-record nine straight games by double digits.
“We’re rounding into the back end of the week and we’ve had a good week of work,” LSU coach Les Miles said following Wednesday’s practice. “Our guys have practiced hard putting in the game plan. I told the team that I wanted them to prepare their thoughts at practice today and make sure that they practice how they plan to play on Saturday. It was like a rehearsal.”
Saturday’s contest will have the Tiger offense going against an Alabama defense that is allowing just six points per game and 180 total yards a contest. LSU’s defense is allowing just 11 points and 251 total yards a game.
“Anytime you line up against a quality defense, you are going to have to work to get your yards,” Miles said. “We’ve been in enough games to understand that. Nobody’s going to lose their poise. This will be a tremendously competitive game, and both teams certainly want to play well.”
The Tigers will practice again on Thursday followed by a walk-through on Friday morning. The team will depart for Birmingham on Friday afternoon.
“We have done a good job of preparing up to this point,” Miles said. “We have to make sure that we finish the practiced week the right way.”