- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

No. 4 Alabama (7-1, 4-1 SEC) at No. 14 LSU (7-2, 3-2), 8 p.m. ET (CBS)

Line: Alabama by 6 ½.

Series Record: Alabama leads 48-25-5.


Alabama will win the SEC Western Division and remain firmly in contention for a spot in the College Football Playoff by winning its final four regular-season games. LSU remains mathematically alive in the SEC West, but must win its final three games and needs Mississippi State and Auburn to stumble down the stretch.


Alabama’s run-stuffing 3-4 defensive front, which has been giving up only 78 yards per game on the ground, against LSU’s massive offensive line and four-deep rotation of backs, who have powered their way to 567 yards rushing in the past two games.


Alabama: WR Amari Cooper, whose 6-foot-1 frame and speed make him a short- and long-range threat, leads the SEC and is fourth nationally in receptions per game (8.9) and ranks second nationally in yards receiving (1,132).

LSU: Freshman RB Leonard Fournette, who at 6-foot-1, 230-pounds runs with power and speed, has rushed for 293 yards and three TDs during LSU’s current three-game winning streak.


The Crimson Tide is 26-8-2 all-time in LSU’s Death Valley and has split its past two trips to Tiger Stadium, winning in 2012 and losing in 2010. … Both teams are riding three-game winning streaks and coming off open dates. … The game marks the ninth meeting since Nick Saban, who coached LSU’s 2003 squad to a national title, took over at Alabama in 2007. The Tide is 5-3 in those meetings and has won three straight, including a victory in the BCS title game to end the 2011 season. … LSU has defeated a top-10 team in Tiger Stadium at least once in five straight seasons, including this season.

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