SEC Football First Look: Alabama at LSU

LSU-Alabama

Alabama football meets LSU on Saturday in Baton Rouge. Here is a first look at the Alabama-LSU matchup.

Alabama Season so far

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Sept. 1 Louisville [Orlando] W 51-14
Sept. 8 Arkansas State W 57-7
Sept. 15 at Ole Miss W 62-7
Sept. 22 Texas A&M W 45-23
Sept. 29 Louisiana W 56-14
Oct. 6 at Arkansas W 65-31
Oct. 13 Missouri W 39-10
Oct. 20 at Tennessee W 58-21

LSU Season so far

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Sept. 2 Miami [Arlington] W 33-17
Sept. 8 Southeastern Louisiana W 31-0
Sept. 15 at Auburn W 22-21
Sept. 22 Louisiana Tech W 38-21
Sept. 29 Ole Miss W 45-16
Oct. 6 at Florida L 27-19
Oct. 13 Georgia W 36-16
Oct. 20 Mississippi State W 19-3

Stat Comparison

Stat Alabama LSU
Rushing Offense 216.9 (30) 190.6 (43)
Passing Offense 347.4 (5) 193.0 (101)
Total Offense 564.3 (2) 383.6 (86)
Scoring Offense 54.1 (1) 30.4 (60)
Rushing Defense 113.4 (21) 130.5 (32)
Passing Defense 194.5 (33) 199.8 (38)
Total Defense 307.9 (16) 330.3 (21)
Scoring Defense 15.9 (10) 15.1 (7)
Interceptions 12 (8) 14 (1)
Sacks 3.25 (8) 2.25 (53)
Tackles for loss 7.8 (20) 5.3 (92)
Turnover margin 1.38 (6) 1.50 (5)
Massey Composite 1 4

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& The Massey Composite Ratings are compiled from 98 different college football ratings and rankings.

Alabama Injuries and Suspensions

DATE POSITION NAME ISSUE STATUS
10/29/18 QB Jalen Hurts Ankle is "?" Saturday vs LSU
10/28/18 WR Devonta Smith Hamstring is "?" Saturday vs LSU
10/08/18 TE Kedrick James Ankle is out indefinitely
10/08/18 DB Trevon Diggs Foot is out indefinitely
10/05/18 DB Daniel Wright Shoulder is out for season
08/18/18 LB Christopher Allen Knee is out indefinitely
07/10/18 LB Terrell Lewis ACL is out for season

LSU Injuries and Suspensions

DATE POSITION NAME ISSUE STATUS
10/29/18 G Garrett Brumfield Knee is upgraded to probable Saturday vs Alabama
10/23/18 LB Devin White Targeting Suspension is OUT the FIRST HALF Saturday vs Alabama
10/19/18 TE Thaddeus Moss Foot is out for season
09/04/18 LB K'Lavon Chaisson Leg is out for season
08/18/18 WR Drake Davis Legal problems is out indefinitely
08/08/18 LB Tyler Taylor Suspension is out indefinitely
08/04/18 OL Ed Ingram Suspension is out indefinitely

Source: DonBest.com

Challenges for Alabama

One 2017 National finalist has already fell in Death Valley this season. Alabama will be the second 2017 finalist to make an appearance in the hostile venue. LSU may be the best geared team of the 2018 FBS field to beat Bama. The Tigers are very athletic and Ed Orgeron, who was once a laughing stock in the SEC, is now a respected head coach for the Tigers. Alabama must treat this game with seriousness or it could be a bad day at the office for the Tide.

Challenges for LSU

Alabama’s ferocious defense is perhaps most dangerous against the pass. Tide defenders have intercepted 12 passes through eight contests this season, which is tied for eighth in the FBS and ranks second the SEC. Four of those interceptions were returned for TDs. Against the run the Bama defense has allowed just three touchdowns this season. On offense, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy leads the FBS in yards per reception with 25.06. He has 10 TD catches this season. He’s got a near perfect quarterback throwing to him in Tua Tagovailoa (25 TDs, No INTs).

Saturday’s game kicks off at 7 pm CT and can be seen on CBS.

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