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LSU linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson (18) and LSU defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko (91) pressure Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) during the first half of LSU's football game against Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday Nov. 9, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

It finally happened.

After eight long years, LSU got the best of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a 46-41 victory on Saturday.

The win improves the Tigers to 9-0 and cements them firmly in the College Football Playoff conversation. 

Scroll below for three takeaways from the game. 

1. WHAT WE LEARNED

Yes, Virginia, LSU can beat Alabama. After eight long years of suffering, the Tigers came to Bryant-Denny Stadium and again won a huge, Game of the Century-like showdown, outlasting Alabama 46-41. The Crimson Tide didn’t quit down 33-13 at halftime, but LSU had enough answers for one of its greatest victories in program history, over the No. 1 team in the coaches’ poll.

2. TRENDING NOW

Joe Burrow. Yeah, thanks to a late 85-yard touchdown to Amite’s DeVonta Smith, brave Tua Tagovailoa outpassed Burrow 418-393. But Burrow answered every Alabama challenge with his arm or with his legs, rushing 14 times for 64 yards despite five sacks. It won’t be announced until Dec. 14, but Burrow may well have won the Heisman Trophy on this Saturday.


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3. FINAL THOUGHTS

For all the burdens lifted off of LSU’s back, the Tigers still have much to do. They must get through the next three unscathed against Ole Miss, Arkansas and Texas A&M before a likely showdown with Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. Then the CFP. But that’s for later. The Tigers, and their fans, deserve a chance to revel in this one.


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