Football Gears up for SEC West Matchup with LSU

Nov. 4, 2013

THE GAME: The top-ranked University of Alabama football team hosts its final Southeastern Conference home game of the season inside Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday as the No. 10/12 Louisiana State University Tigers visit the Capstone. The game between the Crimson Tide and Tigers pits two ranked team for the seventh straight year and will kickoff at 7 p.m. CT on CBS. Verne Lundquist will serve as the play-by-play announcer, with Gary Danielson at his side as the color analyst. The two will be joined by sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson. Eli Gold and Phil Savage will handle the radio call on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Chris Stewart serving as sideline reporter.

RANKINGS: Alabama enters week 11 of the 2013 season ranked first in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings, the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches polls. LSU is ranked 10th in the AP poll, 12th in the USA Today coaches poll and 12th in the BCS standings and the USA TODAY Coaches poll.

LSU: LSU enters the SEC Western Division showdown with a 7-2 overall record and a 3-2 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The Bengal Tigers are led by ninth-year head coach Les Miles and are coming off of a bye week preceded by a 48-16 victory over Furman in Baton Rouge. Senior Zach Mettenberger is in his second-season as the Tigers starting quarterback with a passer rating of 177.1 with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions while throwing for 2,492 yards and completing 65.4 percent of his passes. Jeremy Hill is second in the SEC in rushing with 922 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 7.2 yards per carry. The wide receiving corps is led by Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry who have combined to catch 106 passes for 1,891 yards and 16 scores.

SERIES HISTORY: Alabama leads the series with LSU, 47-25-5, and has won two straight and four of six in the series after a thrilling 21-17 come-from-behind victory in Baton Rouge last season. The Tide and Tigers have won nine games apiece in Tuscaloosa while Alabama boasts a 20-16-2 record in the state of Alabama. The Crimson Tide actually own a 26-9-2 record in Baton Rouge and a 27-9-3 record in the state of Louisiana. The biggest win in the series for Alabama was a 21-0 victory in the 2012 Allstate BCS Championship Game (2011 season) in New Orleans after LSU had pulled out a 9-6 overtime win during the regular season.

TIDE NO. 1 IN BCS STANDINGS: Alabama comes in at No. 1 in the third BCS Standings release of the 2013 season. The BCS percentage is calculated by averaging the percent totals of the Harris Interactive, USA TODAY Coaches and six computer rankings. The Crimson Tide garnered a .9937 average, which is 0.042 higher than Oregon coming in at No. 2 (.9517). Florida State is third with an average of .9211 while Ohio State follows at .8840. Rounding out the top 10 is Stanford (.7918), Baylor (.7645), Miami (.7560), Clemson (.6687), Missouri (.6096) and Oklahoma (.6064).

NEXT GAME: Alabama travels 85 miles to the northwest next week for a visit to Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium. The Crimson Tide has won five straight in the series and own a 75-18-3 advantage overall.