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Louisiana State Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Pick & Prediction NOV 9TH 2019

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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.


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Louisiana State Tigers

Alabama Crimson Tide

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Louisiana State Tigers

Alabama Crimson Tide

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Punt Return
    • 77 Yards
    • Punt Returner: Jaylen Waddle
    • Conv Kicker: Joseph Bulovas
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 40 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Cade York
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 33 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Ja'Marr Chase
    • Passer: Joe Burrow
    • Conv Kicker: Cade York
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
    • Conv Kicker: Cade York
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 13 Yards
    • Passer: Joe Burrow
    • Conv Kicker: Cade York
    • Pass Receiver: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 45 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Cade York
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 64 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Devonta Smith
    • Passer: Tua Tagovailoa
    • Conv Kicker: Joseph Bulovas
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 29 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Terrace Marshall Jr.
    • Passer: Joe Burrow
    • Conv Kicker: Cade York
  • Period 3
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 15 Yards
    • Passer: Tua Tagovailoa
    • Conv Kicker: Joseph Bulovas
    • Pass Receiver: Najee Harris
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 7 Yards
    • Rusher: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
    • Conv Kicker: Cade York
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 85 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Devonta Smith
    • Passer: Tua Tagovailoa
    • Conv Kicker: Joseph Bulovas
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 5 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Jerry Jeudy
    • Passer: Tua Tagovailoa
    • Conv Kicker: Joseph Bulovas
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Rusher: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
    • Conv Passer: Joe Burrow
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Najee Harris
    • Conv Kicker: Joseph Bulovas
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 43% L 57%
3 4
  • Mississippi D 0 - 0
  • @Texas A&M L 7 - 20
  • @Arkansas W 27 - 24
  • Alabama D 0 - 0
  • @Auburn L 11 - 48
  • South Carolina W 24 - 52
  • @Florida D 0 - 0
  • @Missouri L 41 - 45
  • @Vanderbilt W 41 - 7
  • Mississippi State L 44 - 34
W 100% L 0%
8 0
  • @Arkansas D 0 - 0
  • Auburn W 13 - 42
  • Kentucky W 3 - 63
  • @Louisiana State D 0 - 0
  • Mississippi State W 0 - 41
  • @Tennessee W 48 - 17
  • Georgia W 24 - 41
  • @Mississippi W 63 - 48
  • Texas A&M W 24 - 52
  • @Missouri W 38 - 19

Next Games

  • Mississippi(12-05-20) D 0 - 0
  • Alabama(11-14-20) D 0 - 0
  • @Arkansas(12-05-20) D 0 - 0
  • @Louisiana State(11-14-20) D 0 - 0

Last Meetings

  • Crimson Tide @ Tigers 0-0
  • Tigers @ Crimson Tide 46-41
  • Crimson Tide @ Tigers 29-0
  • Tigers @ Crimson Tide 10-24
  • Crimson Tide @ Tigers 10-0
  • Tigers @ Crimson Tide 16-30
  • Crimson Tide @ Tigers 20-13
  • Tigers @ Crimson Tide 17-38
  • Crimson Tide @ Tigers 21-17
  • Crimson Tide @ Tigers 21-0

Last Injuries

Alabama Crimson Tide

  • Da'Shawn Hand

    Groin
    day-to-day | questionable

    Hand has been absent from the lineup during the previous two games with a groin injury, and it is unclear if it will obstruct his availability against the Bears in Week 13.

  • Xavier Williams

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Williams missed the last game due to an unspecified injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against LSU on Saturday.

  • Xavier McKinney

    Foot
    Prob Sun | probable

    McKinney has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after electing to have surgery to repair a broken fifth metatarsal in his left foot. He is projected to return Sunday against the Bengals.

  • Slade Bolden

    Ankle
    Prob Sat | probable

    Bolden is tending to a twisted ankle, but it is projected that he will be available Saturday against Auburn.

  • Jaylen Waddle

    Ankle
    0ut indefinitely | out

    Waddle is in danger of missing the remainder of the 2020 season after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured ankle.

Louisiana State Tigers

  • Trey Palmer

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Palmer has been held out of the previous two games due to an undeclared reason, and his status for Saturday's game versus Alabama is in question.

  • Mo Hampton Jr.

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Hampton Jr. has missed the last two games due to an undefined ailment, and it remains to be seen if he will step on the field against Alabama on Saturday.

  • Racey McMath

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    McMath missed the last game due to a unspecified injury, and it is unclear if he will lace up versus Alabama on Saturday.

  • Lloyd Cole

    Foot
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Cole has missed the previous three games with an apparent foot injury, and it is unclear if he will be available against Alabama on Saturday.

  • Terrace Marshall Jr.

    Personal
    out for season | out

    Marshall Jr. has left the team to focus on preparing for the NFL draft and will not play for the remainder of the season.

  • Derek Stingley Jr.

    Head
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Stingly Jr. has a head injury, and it is uncertain if he will be active Saturday against Texas A&M.

  • Jordan Toles

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Toles sat out the last game with an injury to an unlisted area, and it remains to be seen if he will play Saturday against Texas A&M.

  • Dare Rosenthal

    Suspension
    Elig Sat | out

    Rosenthal has served a suspension for a violation of team rules, and he is eligible to return to the field for Saturday's showdown against Arkansas.

Louisiana State Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Quarterback Joe Burrow put on a Heisman show, passing for 393 yards, in leading No. 2 LSU to a 46-41 victory over No. 3 Alabama in an SEC showdown Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Burrow completed 31 of 39 passes with three touchdowns, and he made two crucial third-down runs to keep alive a pair of fourth-quarter scoring drives after the Tide had cut a 20-point deficit to 33-27.

Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa played despite his gimpy ankle and rallied the Tide to within five points with an 85-yard pass to receiver DeVonta Smith with 1:21 left in the game. Smith earlier had a 65-yard touchdown reception.

LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson recovered Alabama's onside kick attempt, however, and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire clinched the game with a 12-yard run on first down as LSU went on to run out the clock.

The win puts the Tigers (9-0, 5-0 SEC) in the driver's seat for the SEC West title. The loss snapped the Tide's home winning streak at 31 games.

The Tigers delivered a stunning blow to the Tide (8-1, 5-1 SEC) in the closing seconds of the first half.

Edwards-Helaire scored the first of his four touchdowns (three rushing) to give LSU a 26-13 lead with just 26 seconds left in the second quarter, then the Tigers got the ball back at Alabama's 13-yard line on linebacker Patrick Queen's interception. Burrow passed to Edwards-Helaire in the end zone to make it 33-13 at the break.

But Alabama's troubles started much earlier.

Tagovailoa lost a fumble inside the LSU 10-yard line on the Tide's opening series, punter Ty Perine mishandled a snap giving the Tigers the ball at Bama's 40-yard line, and a substitution penalty nullified Tide cornerback Trevon Diggs' interception -- all in the first quarter.

The Tide had just 67 yards of offense in the first quarter but trailed only 10-7 thanks to Jaylen Waddle's 77-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Tagovailoa completed 21 of 40 passes for 418 yards, with four touchdowns and one interceptions. Smith caught seven passes for 213 yards. Alabama's Najee Harris ran 19 times for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Edwards-Helaire rushed 20 times for 103 yards and caught a team-high nine passes for 77 yards.

The game was played in front of a Bryant-Denny Stadium crowd of 101,821 that included President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

--Field Level Media