- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

No. 4 LSU (7-0, 4-0 SEC, No. 2 CFP) at No. 7 Alabama (7-1, 4-1, No. 4 CFP), 8 p.m. (CBS)

Line: Alabama by 6-1/2.

Series Record: Alabama leads 49-25-5.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The winner moves one step closer to making the playoffs and claiming an SEC West title. The Crimson Tide would be all but eliminated from both with a loss to the Tigers, the last remaining unbeaten team in the SEC. LSU controls its own destiny but closes with four straight league games, including one against fellow division contender Mississippi.

KEY MATCHUP

Alabama’s front seven vs. LSU RB Leonard Fournette. One of the best fronts in the country takes on the nation’s leading rusher and Heisman Trophy candidate. Fournette has steamrolled opposing defenses with seven straight games of 150-plus yards but might not face a tougher test this season. Alabama ranks third nationally against the run. Linemen Jarran Reed and A’Shawn Robinson and LB Reggie Ragland are the leaders of a big front seven with a deep bench.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

LSU: QB Brandon Harris. Even with Fournette, it’s hard to imagine a one-dimensional offense beating Alabama - or LSU, for that matter. That hasn’t been an issue lately with Harris producing big plays and topping 200 passing yards in three straight games.

ALABAMA: Ragland. The leader of the Tide defense has nearly double the number of tackles of any other ‘Bama defender. He’s the playcaller for the defense and is all over the field.

FACTS & FIGURES

This is the seventh time since 2005 that both teams enter the game ranked in the Top 10. … The winner of this game has gone on to play in the SEC championship game and/or in a BCS bowl nine of the last 10 years, all but 2010. … Alabama has won the last four meetings. … Les Miles’ five wins over the Tide is the most of any LSU coach. … Since former LSU coach Nick Saban arrived at Alabama, six of the nine meetings have been decided by seven points or less, with three going into overtime. … Both defenses are giving up less than 100 rushing yards a game.


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