Alabama at LSU: Key matchups _lowres

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper runs for a touchdown in the first quarter against Tennessee on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

LSU’s cornerbacks vs. Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper

Cooper’s name has been heard around the LSU practice facility plenty recently. There’s a reason for that: He has 71 receptions for 1,132 yards and nine touchdowns. Cooper has 20 more receptions and 346 more receiving yards than the SEC’s next-best receiver. LSU’s group of sophomore cornerbacks, most notably Rashard Robinson and Tre’Davious White, will have to find a way to contain him.

LSU LB Kendell Beckwith vs. Alabama QB Blake Sims

The Tigers have faced a bunch of dual-threat quarterbacks, and they’ll need that experience when they take on Sims. After a slow start, he has totaled 96 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the past two weeks. Since Beckwith has become the starting middle linebacker, LSU’s run defense has been effective, allowing only 331 total yards on the ground in the past three games.

LSU’s running backs vs. Alabama run defense

It doesn’t matter whether freshman Leonard Fournette or seniors Terrence Magee or Kenny Hilliard gets the bulk of the carries. Whoever it is, he’ll be facing an Alabama run defense that has allowed a mere 78.1 rushing yards per game (second in the country). Opponents have managed just two rushing TDs against the Tide.

Say what?

“Just recognize that it’s Election Day coming up, where all those model citizens will get off and take care of their duties to their country. This is not Columbus Day; this is not just for the Italians. This is certainly not St. Paddy’s; it’s not just for the Irish. It is for all of those who have the ability to vote in our country, so get out and do that, please.”

— LSU coach Les Miles

By the numbers

3 -- Times LSU will have faced a top-five team in back-to-back regular-season games in school history after Saturday’s contest vs. No. 4 Alabama.

71 -- Receptions for Alabama receiver Amari Cooper. He has 20 more catches than any other receiver in the SEC.

78 -- Rushing yards per game Alabama has allowed, ranking it No. 1 in the SEC.