SEC West Showdown: Alabama at LSU

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No. 1 Alabama at No. 5 LSU
Saturday, Nov. 3
at Baton Rouge, La.
8 p.m. ET, CBS

Recap

BCS Championship: Alabama 21, LSU 0
With a smothering display of old-school football, the No. 2 Crimson Tide blew out the top-ranked Tigers in the BCS championship game. Coach Nick Saban's Tide also moved into the top spot in the final Associated Press poll for the eighth time, tying Notre Dame for the most of any team in college football. Jeremy Shelley tied a bowl record with five field goals and the defense did the rest, posting the first shutout in the 14-year history of the BCS. It was the Tide's (12-1) second BCS title in three years.
2011: LSU 9, Alabama 6 (OT)
The defenses lived up to the billing in the latest Game of the Century. Neither No. 1 LSU nor No. 2 Alabama could reach the end zone, not even with extra time. Drew Alleman kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime to lead LSU to a 9-6 victory over Alabama, which missed four field goals and squandered another scoring chance by throwing a goal-line interception -- simply too many mistakes to overcome in this fierce defensive struggle. "Before I went to bed last night, I was preparing for it," Alleman said. "It's every kicker's dream, and I got to live it."
2010: LSU 24, Alabama 21
As Les Miles' latest stab at fourth-down trickery was about to unfold, the LSU coach bent down, snatched up some blades of grass -- and ate them. "You should have seen some games before this. I can tell you one thing: The grass in Tiger Stadium tastes best." What Miles saw next was even sweeter for him than anything coming out of the sprawling sugar cane fields only a few miles away. DeAngelo Peterson went 23 yards with a reverse on fourth-and-1 to set up Stevan Ridley's go-ahead 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter, and No. 12 LSU held on for a 24-21 upset of the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide.
2009: Alabama 24, LSU 15
Julio Jones made the biggest play of what has been a relatively quiet sophomore season, breaking free for a 73-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, and No. 3 Alabama locked down No. 9 LSU. With Alabama up 21-15, it looked like Patrick Peterson picked off a Greg McElroy pass, but the play was ruled out of bounds. Jones then converted a third-and-7 to help move the Tide into field goal position to put the game out of reach. McElroy finished 19-of-34 passing for 276 yards with two touchdowns.
2008: Alabama 27, LSU 21 (OT)
Nick Saban lingered at LSU's end of the field, seeking out the players he once recruited to the Tigers. He wanted to give each of them a hug, pass along a few words about how much they still meant to him. Saban's wearing crimson now. In a bittersweet return to the school he once coached as Saban kept his current team on course for a shot at the national championship with a thrilling win. After missing a chip-shot field goal on the final play of regulation, No. 1 Alabama stayed perfect when John Parker Wilson scored on a 1-yard sneak in overtime for a 27-21 victory over the 15th-ranked Tigers.

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