Series Preview: Alabama vs. LSU

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ROLLTIDEDOTCOM

Nov. 7, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama and LSU will meet for the 72nd time this weekend as the two SEC rivals meet at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.  The game will be televised by CBS Sports beginning at 2:30 p.m. (CST).

The Crimson Tide holds a 43-23-5 all-time series lead in what has been a streak series, which has usually favored the road team. The home team has compiled an 11-26-1 record since the 1970 season. The road team won every game in the Alabama-LSU series from 1981-89, with the exception of a 14-14 tie in Baton Rouge in 1985. Alabama snapped the nine-game unbeaten streak by the road team with a 24-3 win in Tuscaloosa during the 1990 season. Since 1991, the road team is 12-5 (.688) in the last 17 games, including LSU’s win last year in Tuscaloosa (41-34).

Since 1971, Alabama has posted a 15-2-1 (.861) record against LSU in Baton Rouge, including a 15-game unbeaten streak from 1971-98. Alabama posted a 14-0-1 record at Tiger Stadium during that stretch. LSU has won back-to-back home games with Alabama. The only other time in series history in which LSU won two straight home games against Alabama was a 31-21 win on Nov. 9, 1946 (31-21) and a 26-6 win on Nov. 20, 1948. Since 1982, LSU owns a 10-3 record over the Crimson Tide in the state of Alabama. The Tigers won four straight road games from 1982-88 and have won the last four at Bryant-Denny Stadium (2001, 2003, 2005 & 2007).

The 2008 game will be the 72nd meeting between these two long-time Southern football rivals. The Tigers won the inaugural meeting in Baton Rouge, 12-6, on Nov. 18, 1895. The two teams did not meet again until the 1902 season, with LSU prevailing once again. Alabama’s first series win came on Nov. 9, 1903, in Baton Rouge as the Crimson Tide scored a 10-0 victory.

LSU won four of the first six meetings in the series, before Alabama began to take control at the conclusion of World War I. From 1919-45, Alabama posted a 12-game unbeaten streak (9-0-3) against LSU.  The two schools did not meet from 1931-43.

The series was resumed during the 1944 season with the Tigers gaining a slight advantage over the next nine meetings, posting a 5-3-1 record from 1946-58. Alabama went 16-2 (.889) against LSU from 1964-81, including a series-long 11-game winning streak from 1971-81.

LSU also ended UA’s school record 31-game (30-0-1) unbeaten streak with a 17-13 win at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 1993. The Tigers snapped a 15-game winless streak to the Crimson Tide in Tiger Stadium with a 30-28 win in Baton Rouge on Nov. 4, 2000. LSU has won eight of the last 12 meetings, dating back to 1997, seven of the last eight meetings, dating back to 2000 and five straight. The Tide’s last win was a 31-0 triumph in Baton Rouge in 2002. Alabama has not beaten LSU in Tuscaloosa since a 23-17 win in 1999.

BAMA-LSU SERIES AT VARIOUS SITES: The Alabama-LSU series has been played at six different sites since the initial meeting in 1895. The city of Baton Rouge has hosted the most games in the series (34), with Alabama posting a 24-8-2 (.735) record on the LSU campus. Only one other Louisiana city has hosted this series, with Alabama and LSU playing to a 7-7 tie in New Orleans in 1921. Four Alabama cities have played host to this rivalry, including Tuscaloosa, Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham. The Tide owns a 19-14-2 record in the state of Alabama.

UA PLAYER NOTES VS. LSU: Alabama junior Javier Arenas has averaged 152.5 all purpose yards per game in his career against LSU. Last year, Arenas had a career-high 305 all-purpose yards; including a 61-yard punt return that gave the Tide a 31-24 lead in the fourth quarter. He also had eight kickoff returns for 168 yards, all career-highs last season … Arenas also had four tackles, one sack and pass break-up in last year’s game against the Tigers, which was his first career start for the Tide at cornerback … Senior defensive end Bobby Greenwood has seven career tackles, two tackles for loss (-17) and one sack (-10) in his career against LSU … Sophomore cornerback Kareem Jackson had six tackles (5 solos), two pass break-ups, one interception (51 yards) and one blocked field goal in last year’s game with LSU … Senior safety Rashad Johnson had 11 career tackles and two pass break-ups in two games against the Tigers … He missed the 2006 game with an injury … Sophomore linebacker Rolando McClain had seven tackles (5 solos) in last year’s game … Senior receiver Nikita Stover’s first career TD reception came at LSU during the 2006 season … Senior quarterback John Parker Wilson has 525 passing yards (262.5) and five TDs in his career against the Tigers.

UA-LSU SERIES NOTEBOOK: The LSU series is the fourth-oldest series in the UA record books. The series dates back to 1895 … LSU and Southern Mississippi are the only two teams to play Alabama at all four modern era home sites -- Crampton Bowl, Ladd Stadium, Legion Field and Bryant-Denny Stadium … Alabama has shut out LSU 15 times, including a 31-0 win in Baton Rouge in 2002. The Crimson Tide’s largest shutout victory was a 42-0 decision in 1925 … LSU has shut out Alabama three times and not since a 27-0 win in Tuscaloosa in 1997. The Tigers’ largest shutout win came in 1957 (28-0) … Alabama’s longest series winning streak is 11 games from 1971-82 … LSU’s longest winning streak over Alabama is the Tigers’ current five-game winning streak … LSU has posted back-to-back wins over Alabama five times (1895 & 1902; 1948 & 1951; 1957-58; 1969-70 and 2000-01) before posting its third consecutive win last year in Tuscaloosa … Alabama defeated LSU 6-4 in Mobile during the 1907 season on a 75-yard kickoff return by Thomas Ready with less than one minute to play … The Crimson Tide’s 21-0 win in Baton Rouge during the 1919 season was the first win of a then school record 12-game winning streak for Alabama … This was also the first win in the first 10-game winning streak in school history … Alabama and LSU played to 27-27 tie in Baton Rouge on Sept. 30, 1944, marking the first Alabama football game since the Jan. 1, 1943 Orange Bowl win over Boston College (37-21). The Crimson Tide did not field a football team in 1943 due to World War II … Legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s first game as head coach of the Crimson Tide was against LSU. The Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 13-3 on Sept. 27, 1958 at Mobile’s Ladd Stadium … Alabama recorded its 500th all-time win with a 21-7 victory over LSU on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 22) in 1973 … Alabama’s 650th win (32-16) came against LSU on Nov. 11, 1989 in Baton Rouge as UA clinched a share of its first SEC Championship since 1981 … Alabama’s 700th win also came in Baton Rouge on Nov. 5, 1994 as the Tide claimed a 35-17 win.