The No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1) travel to Baton Rouge to play the No. 14 LSU Tigers on Saturday night. Alabama had a bye last week after defeating Tennessee 34-20 two weeks ago. LSU was also idle last week after upsetting Ole Miss two weeks ago. Alabama has won three straight games against LSU, including a 38-17 win last season.
You can follow the game with live stats and play-by-play here.
How to watch
Details for Saturday’s game are below:
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.
TV coverage: CBS
It might not always be GAME OF THE CENTURY level, but no matter what happens early in the season, Alabama-LSU always finds a way to matter. This year, as the Tigers’ offense sputtered earlier in the conference season, with losses to Auburn and Mississippi State and a near-loss to Florida, it looked like Alabama-LSU might not even be one of the 10 most important games in the SEC West this year.
But after a couple of bounce-back wins against Kentucky and Ole Miss, the Tigers one again will play in one of the division’s biggest games as they look to spoil the College Football Playoff aspirations of Alabama, a team that has come into its own as the year has progressed.
The Crimson Tide rank third in this week’s S&P+ offensive ratings, and they’ve been been impressive on that side of the ball, but this game will be all about defense, just like always. And just like always, it will shape the SEC West race.
Two things at stake
Alabama needs to win this game to still be a frontrunner for the College Football Playoff field. It also needs to win this game to stay in contention for the SEC West title.
LSU could potentially sneak into the Playoff field with a win in this game.
TEMPLE (-14) at SMU
Mandel: A 1-7 team over a 7-1 team? Temple has a letdown after last week’s hugely hyped Notre Dame game and Mustangs QB Matt Davis takes advantage. SMU 27, Temple 24
FLORIDA STATE (+12) at CLEMSON
Feldman: See reasoning above. Florida State 28, Clemson 27
SEASON RESULTS AFTER WEEK 9:
Mandel: 68-35 (including upset picks)
Feldman: 68-36 (including upset picks)
Klatt: 59-26 (minus games he called on FOX or FS1)