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12 Statistical Highlights from the LSU vs. Alabama Games


LSU and Alabama will meet for the 77th time on Saturday night, when the Crimson Tide travels to Death Valley to battle the Tigers. Bama leads the all-time series 46-25-5, with the first game being played in 1895 and the last meeting in the BCS Championship Game at the conclusion of last season. Les Miles’ crew has the longest home-winning streak in the nation at 22, but Nick Saban’s bunch is ranked No. 1 and has dominated its eight opponents. These two schools have been a popular regional rivalry for decades, but the recent success of both Alabama and LSU has made this game a national event. Here are 12 statistical highlights on both the history and current matchup of these two SEC stalwarts.

5-3: LSU’s record against its former head coaches. The Tigers beat Paul Dietzel’s South Carolina bunch in 1966 and 1973, and they have gone 3-3 versus Nick Saban over the last five years.

20-5-1:Bear Bryant’s career record versus LSU. The legendary coach went 16-4 against the Tigers while he was leading Alabama, 2-1-1 at Kentucky and 2-0 as the Texas A&M head man.

2-14:LSU’s record against Alabama under Charlie McClendon.

36-1: LSU’s record in Saturday Night games in Tiger Stadium under Les Miles. The lone loss was a 13-3 decision against Tim Tebow and No. 1 Florida in 2009.

5:Wins in the last 10 meetings for the team trailing at halftime. Two of the games (2011 and 2008) were tied at the break, so only three times in the last 10 games has the squad with the halftime advantage (Alabama, 2011 BCS game; LSU, 2003 and 2006) gone on to victory.

7.4:First-half points average allowed by the LSU defense in 48 games under defensive coordinator John Chavis.

26: Points scored average for Alabama in the first half this season. The Tide has scored 21 or more in the first half of all eight games.

14: National titles that Alabama claims to have won.

6-7-8: Much closer to the actual number of national titles that the Crimson Tide should claim. Five are no doubters (1961, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011), while four others (1926, 1930, 1934 and especially 1941) are laughed at outside of the Yellowhammer State. There are solid debates to be had on the five others (1925, 1964, 1965, 1973 and 1978), but most college football historians would not see the Tide having more than two or three of those at the most. Here are a couple of examples (A, B) of the many articles on this subject, and of course, a well-produced video by an Auburn fan would only be fitting.

4-1: Nick Saban’s record against Alabama when he was LSU’s head coach from 2000-04.

34:Times Alabama has scored points in 35 red zone trips this season. That 97-percent mark is tied for first in the country.

1:Touchdown scored in the last eight quarters (and an overtime period) of this series.