Timeline: Check out when intense LSU-Alabama rivalry began, how it's evolved in past 15 years _lowres

LSU safety Eric Reid wrestles away and intercepts a pass intended for Alabama tight end Michael Williams near the goal line in perhaps the most crucial play of LSU's 9-6 "Game of the Century" win against Alabama on Nov. 5, 2011.


It might not be the game of the century, but it will certainly be the game of the season.

Historic SEC rivals LSU and Alabama will meet in their 80th matchup Saturday night, as LSU looks to break its recent four-game losing streak against the Crimson Tide.

But where and how did the rivalry begin, and why has it sustained itself over all these years?

Take a look at the history of the rivalry, from Nick Saban’s controversial Alabama move to the Tigers’ recent four-game skid against the Tide.