No. 2 Alabama (8-0, 5-0) and No. 1 LSU (8-0, 4-0) will meet for the 84th time on Saturday. CBS will televise the SEC West showdown at 2:30 p.m.
The Crimson Tide leads the all-time series 53-25-5 and won last year’s meeting 29-0 in Baton Rouge. Alabama has won the last eight meetings between the two schools, including a 24-10 victory in the Tigers’ last visit to Tuscaloosa in 2017.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 10-4 in his career against LSU, including a 10-3 mark at Alabama. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is 0-6 all-time against the Crimson Tide, including an 0-3 mark with the Tigers.
Since 2005, the LSU-Alabama games have been true battles, with seven of those games being decided by seven points or less. During Saban’s tenure in Tuscaloosa, six of the 12 duels between the two teams have been decided by that same narrow margin, with three of those games going into overtime.
Alabama has won 31 straight and 48 of the last 49 games at its home stadium following its 48-7 homecoming performance against Arkansas on Oct. 26.
Alabama boasts the best all-time home winning percentage in the FBS at .833 (271-53-3) at Bryant-Denny Stadium since the stadium opened in 1929.
The Crimson Tide is 82-7 (.921) at Bryant-Denny Stadium during Saban’s tenure and 78-4 (.951) since the 2008 season.
The Crimson Tide’s No. 2 ranking in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 marks the 65th consecutive AP poll in which Alabama has been ranked in the top five. That stretch of top-five rankings is the longest streak in the poll’s history, surpassing the previous record of 54 straight weeks set by Miami from Oct. 8, 2000, through Oct. 26, 2003.
Since the start of the 2008 season, the Crimson Tide has posted a 30-10 (.750) overall record against top-10 teams, including a 15-4 (.790) mark vs. the top 10 since the inception of the College Football Playoff.
In Saban’s five national championship seasons at Alabama, his teams have gone 17-2 against top-10 opponents.
Since the start of the 2010 season, Alabama has won 121 games to lead all NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams. Ohio State is second on the wins list during the decade with 111.
Alabama has been the wins leader in two other decades in program history, including the 1960s (85 wins) and 1970s (103 wins). Predating the creation of the NCAA, Penn won 124 games and Harvard won 116 as major college football powers in the 1890s.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow leads the SEC and ranks No. 2 in the nation in passing yards (2,805), passing yards per game (350.6), passing touchdowns (30) and points responsible for (200). He’s also first in the SEC and No. 3 in the nation in total offense (366.3). He’s on pace to break every LSU single-season passing record.
LSU has won at least eight games for 20 straight seasons. The 20-year streak is the longest among Power 5 schools and ranks second to only Boise State (21) among all FBS schools.