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Tigers report: Inside slant

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LSU didn't waste much time taking control of the Alabama game on Saturday.

Then, moments after the Tigers put the finishing touches on a 27-3 victory that wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicated, they didn't waste any time moving forward to Saturday's SEC West showdown with Ole Miss.

"We're going to enjoy this win, but that is going to be a really great ballgame," LSU wide receiver Michael Clayton said. "We're playing a great team, and that is what it is all about."

Even as LSU coach Nick Saban evaluated the Alabama game in his post-game press conference, his thoughts were obviously turning toward Saturday's game at Ole Miss.

The fourth-ranked Tigers are 9-1, 5-1 in the SEC, and must beat 17th-ranked Ole Miss (8-2, 6-0 SEC) to have any chance to win the SEC West and stay in contention for a possible shot at the national championship.

"We made a lot of mistakes today and had a lot of penalties," Saban said after the Alabama game. "We were never able to just put the game away."

Then again, the outcome never appeared to be in doubt, as LSU gained 28 first downs and 470 total yards and held Alabama to just 10 first downs and 219 total yards. LSU's defense, ranked No. 1 in the nation against the run, allowed just 65 rushing yards and held the Tide to just two first downs on 16 third-down plays.

Alabama didn't cross the 50-yard line until the final minute of the first half and didn't score until 6:38 remained in the game.

"It's obviously a difficult loss when you don't play well against a good football team, and they're good -- very deserving of their ranking," Alabama coach Mike Shula said of LSU. "They're big and strong and fast. They don't have many weaknesses."

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