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There are many rivalries that stand the test of time. Boston Red Sox/New York Yankees Duke/North Carolina and LSU/Alabama. All week the talk has been about this being the true championship game in college football.

But as the #1 and #2 teams get ready to square off in tonight’s pivotal game let’s take an in-depth look at this matchup that is promising to be the game of the year in College Football. So take a look at who has the edge in each key matchup

Quarterback: LSU

The Tigers have seniors Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson running the show and also have a more diverse offense than Alabama’s. Sophomore A.J. McCarron is making his ninth game start and it has never faced an environment anywhere near to the one he will see tonight.

Running back: Alabama

LSU has good backs, but Trent Richardson is the best player around the area and a menace with a true ability to score from any distance. Backup Eddie Lacy has as many yards rushing as LSU’s leader, Spencer Ware, but Lacy is returning from a nagging turf toe injury. Alabama has the best run defense within the nation.

Receivers: LSU

Rueben Randle continues to be the Tigers’ playmaker and it is tied for that SEC lead in receiving touchdowns with seven. Tight end Deangelo Peterson’s receiving abilities lead him to a difficult game for Alabama’s linebackers and safeties.

Offensive line: Even

LSU is fully healthy for the very first time in five games. Getting pads T-Bob Hebert and Will Blackwell back at their natural positions is vital and they are also boosted by P.J. Lonergan’s return from an ankle injury.  Alabama’s line has some depth issues, however the Tide still leads the SEC in rushing attacks at 229.2 yards per game.

Defensive line: LSU

The LSU Tigers have a bit more complex of a defensive front scheme and call for their players to do a bit more in comparison to the Tide’s 3-4 D. Bama’s linemen mainly attempt to occupy blockers to allow the 4 linebackers to move freely.

Linebackers: Alabama

Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw are perhaps the very best tandem in the united states with speed and power in their 260-pound frames.  LSU’s Ryan Baker and Kevin Minter are more compact. Minter might find more action than normal as LSU most likely will remain in its base 4-3 defense a lot more than normal.

Secondary: Even

Both teams have great cover corners and difficult-striking safeties. Bama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is a great game on Randle, but LSU cornerback Mo Claiborne is equally as good. And there is always the “Honey Badger,” Tyrann Mathieu, possibly the very best defensive playmaker around the area. Mark Barron and Robert Lester are larger than LSU’s safeties, Brandon Taylor and Eric Reid, however the Tigers’ tandem has got the edge in speed.

Special teams: Alabama

Final Score Prediction:
Alabama 37,  LSU 28


Date Year Location Alabama Rank LSU Rank Winner Score
November 18 1895 Baton Rouge, Louisiana LSU 12-6
November 29 1902 Tuscaloosa, Alabama LSU 11–0
November 9 1903 Tuscaloosa, Alabama Alabama 18–0
December 2 1904 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Alabama 11–0
November 23 1907 Mobile, Alabama Alabama 6–4
November 25 1909 Birmingham, Alabama LSU 12–6
November 15 1919 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Alabama 23–7
November 11 1920 Tuscaloosa, Alabama Alabama 21–0
October 29 1921 New Orleans, Louisiana Tie 7–7
November 10 1922 Tuscaloosa, Alabama Alabama 47–3
November 16 1923 Montgomery, Alabama Alabama 30–3
October 10 1925 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Alabama 42-0
October 30 1926 Tuscaloosa, Alabama Alabama 24–0
October 8 1927 Birmingham, Alabama Tie 0–0
December 8 1928 Birmingham, Alabama Alabama 31–0
November 15 1930 Montgomery, Alabama Alabama 33–0
September 30 1944 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Tie 27–27
October 6 1945 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Alabama 26–7
November 9 1946 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 19 LSU 31–21
November 22 1947 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 8 Alabama 41–12
November 20 1948 Baton Rouge, Louisiana LSU 26–6
September 29 1951 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 9 LSU 13–7
September 27 1952 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Alabama 21–20
September 26 1953 Mobile, Alabama 5 Tie 7–7
September 25 1954 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Alabama 12–0
September 28 1957 Baton Rouge, Louisiana LSU 28–0
September 27 1958 Mobile, Alabama 15 LSU 13–3
November 7 1964 Birmingham, Alabama 3 8 Alabama 17–9
November 6 1965 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 5 Alabama 31–7
November 5 1966 Birmingham, Alabama 4 Alabama 21–0
November 11 1967 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Alabama 7–6
November 9 1968 Birmingham, Alabama 20 Alabama 16–7
November 8 1969 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 12 LSU 20–15
November 7 1970 Birmingham, Alabama 19 11 LSU 14–9
November 6 1971 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 4 18 Alabama 14–7
November 11 1972 Birmingham, Alabama 2 6 Alabama 35–21
November 22 1973 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2 7 Alabama 21–7
November 9 1974 Birmingham, Alabama 3 Alabama 30–0
November 9 1975 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 5 Alabama 23–10
November 6 1976 Birmingham, Alabama 15 Alabama 28–17
November 5 1977 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2 18 Alabama 24–3
November 11 1978 Birmingham, Alabama 3 10 Alabama 31–10
November 10 1979 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1 Alabama 3–0
November 8 1980 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 6 Alabama 28–7
September 5 1981 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2 Alabama 24–7
November 6 1982 Birmingham, Alabama 8 11 LSU 20–10
November 5 1983 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 19 Alabama 32–26
November 10 1984 Birmingham, Alabama 12 LSU 16–14
November 9 1985 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 20 15 Tie 14–14
November 8 1986 Birmingham, Alabama 6 18 LSU 14–10
November 7 1987 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 13 5 Alabama 22–10
November 5 1988 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 18 13 LSU 19–18
November 11 1989 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 4 Alabama 32–16
November 10 1990 Tuscaloosa, Alabama Alabama 24–3
November 9 1991 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 8 Alabama 20–17
November 7 1992 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 3 Alabama 31–11
November 6 1993 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 5 LSU 17–13
November 5 1994 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 6 Alabama 35–17
November 4 1995 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 17 Alabama 10–3
November 9 1996 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 10 Alabama 26–0
November 8 1997 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 14 LSU 27–0
November 7 1998 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Alabama 22–16
November 6 1999 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 12 Alabama 23–17
November 4 2000 Baton Rouge, Louisiana LSU 30–28
November 3 2001 Tuscaloosa, Alabama LSU 30–14
November 16 2002 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 10 14 Alabama 31–0
November 15 2003 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 4 LSU 27–3
November 13 2004 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 17 LSU 26–10
November 12 2005 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 4 5 LSU 16–13 OT
November 11 2006 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 12 LSU 28–14
November 3 2007 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 17 3 LSU 41–34
November 8 2008 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1 15 Alabama 27–21 OT
November 7 2009 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 3 9 Alabama 24-15
November 6 2010 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 5 12 LSU 24-21
November 5 2011 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 2 1
Rankings from AP Poll

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