Alabama rallies in final seconds, turns aside pass-happy LSU in overtime _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles and Alabama head coach Nick Saban meet at midfield after the game Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU lost 20-13 in overtime.

The top-10 showdown between LSU and Alabama on Nov. 7 will kick off at 7 p.m. on CBS, the Southeastern Conference announced Monday.

The No. 4 Tigers (7-0, 4-0 SEC) and the No. 7 Crimson Tide (7-1, 4-1) meet in an SEC West showdown with the divisional lead and, possibly, a College Football Playoff spot on the line. LSU is trying to end a four-game losing skid to Nick Saban and Bama – one that started with that 21-0 loss in the 2011 national championship game.

The two teams are off this week, but they’re assured of meeting as top-10 opponents for a sixth time in the last eight games. For a fifth straight year, the game will air in CBS’ nighttime doubleheader slot. The network will air Arkansas at Ole Miss in the day game at 2:30.

Alabama's winning touchdown in 2014.

Alabama’s winning touchdown in 2014.

CBS, which usually only has the 2:30 slot each week, gets two doubleheader weeks each season. The other will come Nov. 14. Games have not been selected for that week, but the Tigers host Arkansas and Mississippi State hosts Bama that Saturday.

With each team off this week, the hype machine has plenty of time to drum up a collision between the SEC West’s most successful pair since the turn of the century. LSU or Alabama has represented the division in the SEC championship game in nine of the last 14 years. They’ve won it seven times.

The LSU and Bama series has developed into a physical, grudge match normally pitting highly ranked, talented squads. This will be the 10th year in which both teams have been ranked at the time of their meeting.

The game has been decided by a touchdown or less in seven of the last 11 meetings, and three of those have gone to overtime.

“Every year it’s a fight,” linebacker Deion Jones said. “Got to prepare for them. We know those guys are going to come to play. We’ve got to bring it.”

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