Scouting report: Alabama at LSU _lowres

Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (6) escapes from Tennessee defensive lineman Owen Williams (58) during the third quarter Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Knoxville, Tenn. Alabama won 34-20. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

The basics

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 8 at Tiger Stadium; time TBA


Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1, in Baton Rouge; WWL-AM, 870, and WWL-FM, 105.3, in New Orleans; KLWB-FM, 103.7, in Acadiana

Series: Alabama leads 48-25-5

Last meeting: Alabama 38, LSU 17 (2013)

The opponent: Alabama

Record: 7-1 (4-1 Southeastern)

Best win: Defeated Texas A&M 59-0 on Oct. 18

Loss: Fell 23-17 at Ole Miss on Oct. 4

Offensive leaders: RB T.J. Yeldon (618 rushing yards, 5.2 average, 5 TDs; 11 receptions, 146 yards, 1 TD), WR Amari Cooper (71 catches, 1,132 yards, 15.9 average, 9 TDs)

Defensive leaders: LB Xzavier Dickson (25 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks), SS Landon Collins (54 tackles, 2 interceptions, 5 passes broken up, 2 tackles for loss)

Rumblings: The third-ranked Tide has bounced back after its only loss at Ole Miss and a slim one-point victory at Arkansas and appears back on track after roughing up Texas A&M (59-0) and Tennessee (34-20).

The offense: What you don’t want to hear

Alabama ranks third in the SEC with 508.9 total yards per game, and the Tide is third in the FBS national rankings in converting 55.7 percent of its third-down opportunities (64 of 115).

The offense: What you do want to hear

The Crimson Tide has had a penchant for giving the ball away, posting 13 giveaways in eight games. Ten of them have come against SEC opposition, with at least two turnovers in four of their five games.

The defense: What you don’t want to hear

For the second straight game, LSU will face one of the nation’s top run defenses. The Tide is second in the FBS (78.1 yards per game) and has allowed two rushing TDs.

The defense: What you do want to hear

Even though it ranks second in the FBS, Bama gave up a season-high 181 rushing yards at Tennessee, which had runs of 44 and 30 yards and averaged 4.2 per carry.