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And fans will have a menu of stars to enjoy.

There’s a Heisman Trophy candidate in Richardson, who has scored 18 touchdowns on a team that has yielded a third of that total.

Mathieu drew early Heisman buzz, too. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder with an uncanny knack for big plays has forced an LSU career record nine fumbles in just under two seasons.

Cornerback bookends Claiborne and Alabama’s Maze are also two of the SEC’s most dangerous kick returners.

With that kind of talent on the field, Saban predicts the game will likely come down to turnovers or special teams.

Neither team makes back-breaking mistakes, but LSU hardly makes any _ period. The Tigers didn’t commit a turnover in October and have forced 18 this season; they have scored touchdowns on half of the resulting drives.

“Their turnover ratio is off the charts, in terms of their defense and their ball-hawking style of play,” Saban said. “They have lots of guys on defense who can make plays.”

Then again, so does Alabama. LSU’s Hebert said it’s harder for a team to impose its will on such a physical opponent.

“That’s a kind of style where if you can’t physically match up you’re going to find it very hard to be successful,” he said. “And that’s what’s so special about this next game is that both teams physically match up against each other very well.”