On deck: LSU vs. Alabama _lowres

Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- LSU left-hander Jared Poché

LSU (24-5, 5-4) vs. Alabama (15-12, 4-5)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Hoover, Ala.

RANKINGS: LSU is ranked in the top 5, and as high as No. 2, in all six major polls. Alabama is not ranked.

PROJECTED ROTATION: Thursday — LSU, So. LH Jared Poché (5-1, 3.48) vs. Bama, Sr. LH Taylor Guilbeau (2-2, 3.07); Friday — LSU, Fr. RH Alex Lange (5-0, 1.20) vs. Bama, Jr. RH Will Carter (1-3, 5.91); Saturday — LSU, Fr. RH Jake Godfrey (5-0, 3.21) vs. Bama, So. RH Geoffrey Bramblett (4-1, 3.67)

TV: None

ONLINE STREAMING: Online only at SEC Network-Plus, which is accessible at SECNetwork.com and the Watch ESPN app.

RADIO: WDGL-FM, 98.1 (Baton Rouge); KLWB-FM, 103.7 (Lafayette); WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3 (New Orleans)

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PRE- AND POSTGAME COVERAGE:

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WHAT TO WATCH: Poché followed the worst start of his life — those are his words — with one of the best last week, retiring the first 12 batters in a Game 1 loss to Kentucky. Last time he started on the road, the sophomore gave up 10 hits and five runs to Arkansas in less than four innings. LSU puts its .329 team batting average — second in the nation — against Taylor Guilbeau, a Zachary graduate.

KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: The Tide lost series earlier this season to UL-Lafayette and Houston, but Bama won two of three over Mississippi State and handed Texas A&M its first loss of the season. The Tide, which has a lofty RPI of 16, last lost two of three at Florida.