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“I thought it was beautiful,” Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart said. “That was grown men out there battling. It was the most physical game since I’ve been at Alabama. It was brutal _ the pounding, all the big hits.”

That game also marked a turning point for LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson. He began the senior year of his checkered college career with a four-game suspension, punished for his involvement in a bar fight, but took over when Jarrett Lee threw a pair of interceptions against the Tide. Jefferson guided the Tigers to their biggest victory and started the final four games.

Another win over the Tide, he said, “will make my legacy at LSU that much sweeter.”

Miles veered away from a question about whether one more victory would stamp LSU as one of the best teams in college football history. Jefferson had no such qualms.

“If we do win this game, I think we will go down as the greatest team,” he said.

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AP Sports Writer John Zenor in New Orleans contributed to this report.

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