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Top ranked LSU set for No. 2 Alabama

LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire
SPORTS SCENE PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

BATON ROUGE – LSU returns to action on Saturday, traveling to face Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Saturday’s game will mark the first time in college football history that teams ranked No. 1 in both major polls will meet during the regular season. LSU is ranked No. 1 in the AP poll, while Alabama is No. 1 in the Coaches poll.

LSU-Alabama has produced plenty of memorable outcomes while developing into arguably the SEC’s hottest rivalry, although it has been a one-sided series since the Tigers pulled off a 9-6 overtime win in 2011. Alabama bounced back to dominate LSU in that season’s national championship game and has won eight in a row in the series overall.

The winning streak could be in jeopardy, however, should Alabama’s star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa fail to return from the ankle injury that knocked him out of the Oct. 19 victory over Tennessee. If he manages to play, two of the nation’s most prolific offenses will be on the field – the polar opposite of the 2011 meeting that featured two suffocating defenses.

If he can’t go, Alabama’s young defense will have its work cut out in its attempt to hold Heisman Trophy frontrunner Joe Burrow and the Tigers’ offense in check. The winner likely represents the SEC West in the conference title game, while the loser will need significant help to keep its SEC and College Football Playoff hopes alive.