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Louisiana State Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


The big-time SEC showdown arrives when top-ranked Alabama hosts second-ranked LSU on Saturday. But the "Game of the Century" tag might need a little tweaking after Ohio State earned the No. 1 spot in the initial College Football Playoff poll with LSU second and Alabama third.

The probability of Tua Tagovailoa (ankle) playing in the contest improved at midweek when Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said there was "a good chance" the junior quarterback, who underwent surgery on Oct. 19, will be on the field against LSU. "It's still day-to-day, and you don't know what's going to happen tomorrow or the next day, but he's moving around well and throwing the ball with confidence," Saban said of Tagovailoa, who has passed for 2,166 yards, 27 touchdowns and two interceptions. "His mobility will be the big question, but every day that's improved dramatically." LSU senior quarterback Joe Burrow also is a Heisman contender while passing for 2,805 yards, 30 touchdowns and four interceptions and energizing the team's attack. "We get the best players in space to the guy we want to put them against," Burrow told reporters. "We don't do a lot of things. But we do it out of a lot of different formations."

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Alabama -6.5

ABOUT LSU (8-0, 4-0 SEC): Burrow is fueling an attack averaging 46.8 points per game and has completed more than 70 percent of his passes in each game and thrown four or more touchdown passes on five occasions. The Tigers have solid receivers with junior Justin Jefferson (55 receptions, 819 yards and nine scores), sophomore Ja'Marr Chase (43 for 749, nine TDs) and sophomore Terrace Marshall Jr. (22 for 333, seven) combining for 25 scoring catches. Freshman cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. has a team-best four interceptions and junior linebacker Jacob Phillips has recorded a team-high 64 tackles for a unit allowing 20 points per game.

ABOUT ALABAMA (8-0, 5-0): Sophomore Mac Jones filled in for Tagovailoa two Saturdays ago against Arkansas and completed 18-of-22 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns. The Crimson Tide continue to make good use of their three star junior wideouts -- Jerry Jeudy has 52 receptions for 682 yards and eight touchdowns, DeVonta Smith has 43 catches for 721 yards and nine scores, and Henry Ruggs III has 26 for 513 and six touchdowns. Junior safety Xavier McKinney (team-high 56 tackles), senior linebacker Anfernee Jennings (48 tackles, four sacks) and junior linebacker Terrell Lewis (team-best six sacks) are leading a defense allowing 15.3 points per game.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Alabama has won the past eight meetings.

2. LSU senior LB Michael Divinity Jr. (team-best three sacks) left the program for personal reasons earlier this week.

3. Crimson Tide junior RB Najee Harris (team-high 642 rushing yards) has topped 100 in three of the past five games.

Prediction

Free Daily Lock Pick: NFL: Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland - November 14th - (100% Confidence Release)

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Stadium

Bryant-Denny Stadium
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA.
Capacity: 101,821

Last Injuries

Alabama Crimson Tide

  • A'Shawn Robinson

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Robinson exited the previous game with injuries to his ankle and thumb. It has yet to be established if he will take the field Sunday versus the Cowboys.

  • Da'Shawn Hand

    Elbow
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hand missed the previous game due to a left elbow injury and now has an ankle ailment. His availability against the Cowboys on Sunday is up in the air.

  • Will Reichard

    Hip Flexor
    Doub Sat | doubtful

    Reichard has a nagging hip flexor injury and has not play in the last two games. He is not expected to be available Saturday against Mississippi State.

  • Tua Tagovailoa

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Tagovailoa is suffering from a right high-ankle sprain, and it is unclear if he will take the field Saturday versus Mississippi State.

  • Labryan Ray

    Foot
    Late Nov | out

    Ray is recovering from foot surgery and is expected to be idle until at least the end of November.

  • Taulia Tagovailoa

    Ankle
    Prob Sat | probable

    Tagovailoa is projected to be available against Mississippi State on Saturday despite soreness in his right ankle.

  • A'Shawn Robinson

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Robinson is dealing with an ankle injury, but it is likely that he will be active against the Bears on Sunday.

  • Tua Tagovailoa

    Ankle
    Prob Sat | probable

    Tagovailoa had surgery to correct a right high-ankle sprain, but it is projected that he will return to action Saturday versus LSU.

Louisiana State Tigers

  • Austin Deculus

    Undisclosed
    Doub Sat | doubtful

    Deculus is not expected to suit up against Ole Miss on Saturday due to a day of rest.

  • Neil Farrell Jr.

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Farrell Jr. exited the previous game with a lower right leg injury, and it is unclear if he will play against Mississippi on Saturday.

  • Kristian Fulton

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Fulton left the last game with a lower right leg injury, and his status is unknown Saturday against Mississippi.

  • Glen Logan

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Logan left the previous game with an ankle injury, and his status is unknown Saturday against Mississippi.

  • Kary Vincent Jr.

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Vincent Jr. suffered an unspecified injury in the previous game , and it is unknown if he will play against Mississippi on Saturday.

  • Saahdiq Charles

    Undisclosed
    Doub Sat | doubtful

    Charles is unlikely to take the filed against Ole Miss on Saturday due to an unspecified injury.

  • Tyrion Davis-Prince

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Davis-Prince has an injury to an unlisted area. It is uncertain if he will face Alabama on Saturday.

  • Grant Delpit

    Ankle
    Prob Sat | probable

    Delpit exited the previous game with a left ankle injury, but he is expected to be available against Alabama on Saturday.

louisiana-state-tigers-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Joe Burrow 4 0 225.629 0 124 100 2 0 0 17 1520
Myles Brennan 3 0 125.552 0 25 16 1 0 0 0 207
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 4 0 288 0 51 5
John Emery Jr. 3 0 69 0 18 2
Tyrion Davis-Prince 4 0 59 0 17 2
Lanard Fournette 4 0 36 0 13 1
Chris Curry 2 0 33 0 6 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Ja'Marr Chase 3 0 397 0 20 0 5
Justin Jefferson 4 0 392 0 21 0 5
Terrace Marshall Jr. 4 0 304 0 20 0 6
Stephen Sullivan 2 0 99 0 7 0 0
Thaddeus Moss 2 0 76 0 3 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Jacob Phillips 4 0 18 17 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
JaCoby Stevens 4 0 12 10 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 2
Grant Delpit 4 0 10 6 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
Derek Stingley Jr. 4 0 9 1 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 0
Kary Vincent Jr. 4 0 9 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Cade York 4 0 7 7 48 29 28
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 4 0 4 0 31 98
Micah Baskerville 2 0 1 0 46 46
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Ja'Marr Chase 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Joe Burrow 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18
John Emery Jr. 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Justin Jefferson 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Derek Stingley Jr. 4 0 10 0 32 118
Trey Palmer 3 0 2 0 54 55
Micah Baskerville 2 0 1 0 23 23