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President Donald Trump stands during a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony for auto racing great Roger Penske in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Washington.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected in Tuscaloosa this weekend to watch No. 2 Alabama take on the No. 1 LSU Tigers, according to a published report.

Trump's spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for more details about the president's plans.

Sports Illustrated first reported the news Monday that Alabama had begun "making preparations" for Trump to attend Saturday's game.

The highly-anticipated game is the first matchup of the top-ranked teams since LSU and Alabama met in 2011 — a game that became known as the "Game of the Century."

LSU won 9-6 and the two later went on to play in the BCS national championship game that season, with Alabama winning the title game 21-0.

The Crimson Tide have won every game in the rivalry since then, including 29-0 at Tiger Stadium last year.

Trump received more than 58% of the Louisiana vote in the 2016 presidential campaign and 62% in Alabama, and he has remained politically popular in both states since.

The LSU-Tide game is just days after Trump is scheduled to be in Louisiana to stump for Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone, who is attempting to unseat Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. Trump's rally, his second in the governor's race, will be held in Monroe on Wednesday.

Trump attended the 2018 national championship game in Atlanta, when Alabama defeated Georgia.

Trump recently attended Game 5 of the World Series in D.C., where he was booed by the crowd. U.S. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a Jefferson Republican who graduated from LSU, attended that Nationals-Astros baseball game with Trump.

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