TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? The 17th ranked University of Alabama football team (6-2, 4-1 SEC) practiced for two hours in full gear Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility as preparations continue for Saturday’s Southeastern Conference Western Division showdown with No. 3 LSU (7-1, 4-1 SEC).
The Crimson Tide will face a Tiger defense that ranks second nationally in total defense (232.25 yards per game) and sixth nationally in scoring defense (15.38 points per game).
“LSU has some really good players, and not just (Glenn) Dorsey, all across their defensive front,” Alabama sophomore center Evan Cardwell said following Tuesday’s practice. “I feel like they are the best front we have played against all season and we will really have to come out and play a solid game technique-wise and not make any mental errors.”
One thing both teams have in common is winning the turnover battle. Alabama ranks 14th in the country in turnover margin (+1.00 per game) while LSU checks in at No. 6 with a +1.38 average.
“We try to approach each game with the same intensity every week,” sophomore right tackle Mike Johnson said. “Obviously, LSU is a very talented group of guys. We want the same intensity we took into the Tennessee game. Their athletic and talented and we are too. We want to match that intensity.”
Alabama and LSU meet on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports, with Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter) calling the action.