- 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.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

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.



KEY MATCHUP

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.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

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.

FACTS & FIGURES

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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