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12 Things You Need to Know Know About the LSU-Alabama Rivalry

LSU-Alabama is always a matchup to mark on your calendar each year. This season’s showdown is the biggest game of the season to date.

The game will go a long ways in shaping the College Football Playoff results. Alabama (8-0) and LSU (6-1) are first and second respectively in the SEC West standings.

In the first edition of the CFP rankings, Alabama is No. 1 and LSU is No. 3.

Both teams are coming off bye weeks.

Alabama routed Tennessee 58-21 and LSU defeated Mississippi State 19-3 in Week 8.

Per The Advocate, here’s 12 things to know about the LSU-Alabama rivalry:

1. LSU’s longest winning streak against Alabama is five from 2003-2007. In this span LSU captured two national titles and defeated the Crimson Tide by a margin of 138-64.

2. Alabama is currently riding a seven-game winning streak against LSU. The streak started with a 21-0 shutout in the 2012 BCS championship game in the Superdome.

3. Former LSU coach Nick Saban is 9-3 against his old squad. While at LSU, Saban posted a 4-1 mark vs. Alabama.

4. The last time LSU beat Alabama was a 9-6 overtime road victory in 2011. It was termed the “game of the century” as it was a matchup of the top two ranked teams in the regular season.

5. Alabama’s longest winning streak in the series is 11 games from 1971-1981.

6. The sportsbooks have the defending national champion Crimson Tide as a 14.5-point favorite on Saturday, the largest amount for a Death Valley road opponent in 19 years according to NOLA.com.

7. Alabama beat LSU 24-10 in Tuscaloosa last season.

8. LSU’s largest margin of victory is a 28-0 shutout in 1957, the year before Paul “Bear” Bryant begin his tenure at Alabama.

9. Alabama’s largest margin of victory is 47-3 in 1922.

10. The programs have combined to amass 45 SEC titles with Alabama claiming 30 and LSU with 15.

11. Alabama leads the all-time series 52-25-1.

12. The first meeting was a 12-6 LSU victory in 1895.

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