Two Matchups To Watch
Alabama NG Da’Ron Payne vs. LSU C Will Clapp
The Tigers’ redshirt junior handled Mississippi State star nose tackle Jeffrey Simmons earlier this season about as well as one could. Payne may pose a bigger challenge. The 308-pound preseason All-American is just nasty, and Clapp will need help from true freshman RG Ed Ingram, who struggled at times against Simmons in Starkville.
LSU LB Devin White vs. Alabama RB Damien Harris
White has been one of the more underrated players in the nation. He leads the SEC in tackles at 10 a game as a sophomore. The former running back is poised, he says, for the stiff test of stopping the burly Harris, 5-11, 221 pounds, and his beefy teammate, 235-pound Bo Scarbrough. Harris is averaging 8.6 yards a carry.
LSU: Keep An Eye On No. 90
As healthy as he’s been since the season opener, Rashard Lawrence is key in this one. The defensive end must keep O-linemen off linebackers like Devin White while also pushing the pocket and acting as a run-stopper on the edge. He’s got lots of jobs.
Alabama: Keep An Eye on No. 2
Alabama QB Jalen Hurts is just as potent — and maybe more — on the ground than he is through the air. He ran for 114 yards against the Tigers last season and has eclipsed the 500-yard rushing mark through eight games this year.
Numbers to know
LSU’s average points in six straight losses to Alabama (2 shutouts)
LSU's record the past three seasons when scoring 20 points or more
Visiting team’s record in LSU-Alabama series since 1982
Alabama nonoffensive TDs since 2007 (1 in 2017)