TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team was back on the field in helmets and shoulder pads on Wednesday as they continued to get ready for their final road game of the regular season. They will face No. 12 LSU at 6:45 p.m. CT in Tiger Stadium.
The Crimson Tide defense, which ranks third in the SEC in rushing defense (107.8 ypg.) and fifth in passing defense (169.4 ypg.) will try to contain one of the top offenses in the country on Saturday. LSU comes into the game leading the SEC with 421.78 yards on offense per game and 35 points per game. JaMarcus Russell has the fifth best passing efficiency in the country. The Tigers are second in the conference, averaging 255.56 passing yards and 166.22 rushing yards per outing.
"On paper and on film they are about as good of a college offense as you can put on the field," said defensive coordinator Joe Kines. "Statistically they are leading the conference in a lot of categories. They are really doing a good job offensively. They have a lot of imagination, a lot of weapons, they have a good system and they have one of the bigger, stronger quarterbacks in the country. Their wide receivers are about as good as you can put together as a group and their offensive line is very, very talented."
The Tigers will have to go up against the Crimson Tide defense that ranks third in the country in turnover margin. In last week's contest at Tennessee, LSU turned the ball over four times. They had five turnovers in a loss at Florida and have struggled this season, losing two or more turnovers in five of their nine games. Alabama not only has committed the fifth-fewest turnovers in the nation with 11 but they have caused 24 turnovers, tying them for eighth nationally. They are tied for sixth with 15 interceptions and the +1.30 turnover margin per game is the third best in the country. Only Nevada and Western Michigan are better with a margin of +1.33 per game.
The game on Saturday will be televised by ESPN with Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (color) and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter) calling the action. The game will also be carried by the 65-station Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold, Kenny Stabler and Tom Roberts announcing the game.