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While those who prefer high-scoring games might be flipping around the dial Monday night, these teams aren’t apologizing to anyone. In fact, they give rave reviews to LSU-Alabama I.

“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 victory over the Tide, he said, and “I think we will go down as the greatest team.”

No matter who wins, the SEC is sure to be a winner. The conference is assured of an unprecedented sixth straight national title. No other league has won more than three in a row.

“I’m for the SEC,” said Saban, who won a BCS title during a previous tenure at LSU. “I’m not rooting against anybody in our league.”

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

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