Just one current LSU football player played in the Tigers’ last win over Alabama.
It’s been that long.
“Got to break the streak,” center Elliott Porter said.
No. 14 LSU (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) closes out its 2014 home schedule against No. 4 Alabama (7-1, 4-1) in one of the most high-profile senior days possible. The Tigers will honor 22 seniors Saturday night in a game set to start at 7 on CBS while also trying to end a three-game losing streak to the Tide.
Senior running back Kenny Hilliard is the only player on the current roster to have played in the Tigers’ last win over Alabama — a 9-6 overtime victory in 2011 dubbed “The Game of the Century.”
LSU players are well aware of the three-game skid. They haven’t forgotten that 21-0 debacle in the 2011 national title game, that heart-pounding 21-17 loss in Baton Rouge in 2012 and last year’s second-half collapse in a 38-17 defeat.
“We don’t really talk about it anymore,” junior Vadal Alexander said of the 2011 national championship game loss. “It’s been a while since we beat them. We know that. We’re going to keep that in the back of our minds, I’ll say that.”
Said receiver Travin Dural: “Everybody knows what happened. We try not to dwell on it.”
No, this isn’t just any other game.
“It’s Bama week, man,” linebacker Kwon Alexander said. “I see it all over the internet: Hate Week, Hate Bama Week, Bama Hate Week.”
Fullback Connor Neighbors, left tackle La’el Collins, Porter, defensive end Jermauria Rasco and safety Ronald Martin are projected starters set to be honored on senior day.
“This is gonna be a great: Alabama on Saturday night, CBS,” he said. “Gets no better than that.”
Magee ‘full speed’
LSU running back Terrence Magee returned to practice this week and is “full speed” for the game against Alabama, coach Les Miles said Wednesday.
Magee was inadvertently poked in the eye in the 10-7 win over Ole Miss. He did not practice on LSU’s off week last week.
“He’s probably … swelling’s out. Really looks good. Got fresh legs,” the coach said.
Miles, on his radio show Wednesday, said LSU’s health is “excellent.”
Robinson ‘day to day’
Alabama starting left tackle Cam Robinson is “day to day” but could play against the Tigers, coach Nick Saban said Wednesday.
Robinson, a Monroe native and the No. 1-ranked tackle in the nation last year, suffered a high ankle sprain against Tennessee on Oct. 25. According to reports from Tuscaloosa, Robinson practiced Wednesday.
Bama running back T.J. Yeldon, who missed some practice sporting a walking boot last week, practiced fully Wednesday, according to al.com. Saban said Yeldon will “for sure” play Saturday.
Before Saturday’s game, fans can ride in a two-seater Indy racing car just outside of Tiger Stadium. Also, the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana show car will be displayed for fan photo opportunities.
Fans can ride from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 2015 Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana is set for April 10-12 at NOLA Motorsports Park. Tickets go on sale Monday at NOLA Motorsports Park.
Miles turns 61 on Sunday. … LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings is 8-1 as a starter while Alabama’s Blake Sims is 7-1, all of his starts coming this season. … LSU is 46-4 in night home games under Miles, including a Monday night loss in 2005 to Tennessee. LSU’s three Saturday night home losses have all been to teams that were either No. 1 (Florida in 2009, Alabama in 2012) or reached No. 1 (Mississippi State this season, unranked at the time). … LSU is 45-4 under Miles when a back rushes for over 100 yards, including 13 straight. … True freshmen have scored 17 of LSU’s 36 offensive touchdowns this season. The Tigers have played 17 true freshmen overall with 18 combined starts. … LSU leads the SEC in pass efficiency defense and is the only team in the conference allowing less than a 50 percent completion rate (49.4). The Tigers are third in pass efficiency defense overall.