Alabama–LSU football rivalry

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Alabama–LSU football rivalry
Alabama Crimson Tide Logo.svg Louisiana State University (block logo).svg
Alabama Crimson Tide LSU Tigers

Total meetings 78
Series record Alabama leads, 49–25–5
First meeting November 18, 1895
LSU 12, Alabama 6
Last meeting November 8, 2014
Alabama 20, LSU 13
Next meeting November 7, 2015
Largest win Alabama, 47–3 (1922)
Longest win streak Alabama, 11 (1971–1981)
Current win streak Alabama, 4 (2012–present)

The Alabama–LSU football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Alabama Crimson Tide football team of the University of Alabama and LSU Tigers football team of Louisiana State University. Both universities have been members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) since its founding in December 1932, and both universities' sports teams have competed in the SEC's Western Division since the conference was split into two divisions in 1992. Alabama leads the series 49–25–5.

Series history[edit]

Sideline picture of Alabama vs LSU on November 5th 2011

The series started in 1895, with a 12–6 win for LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[1] The rivalry has been played in Baton Rouge; New Orleans, Louisiana; Birmingham, Alabama; Montgomery, Alabama; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Mobile, Alabama.

The teams began playing each other on an annual basis in 1964, with Alabama playing its home games at Legion Field in Birmingham, and LSU playing its home games on campus at Tiger Stadium. The series has been marked by long stretches where the home team has struggled. Alabama holds a 25–9–2 record against LSU in Baton Rouge. Between 1971 and 1998, LSU was winless in Baton Rouge, going 0–14–1. Alabama has gone 4–11 in games played in the state of Alabama since 1982. In fact, in the series history, only 42 percent of games have been won by the team playing in its home state (excluding ties), although Alabama has won far more games in the state of Louisiana than LSU has won in the state of Alabama. In 1988 Alabama began playing its home game in the series on their Tuscaloosa campus at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

While Alabama controlled most of the series' early history, the intensity and competitiveness has grown during the last three decades. Following Bear Bryant's retirement, the series has been much more even, with Alabama leading 18–14–1. Four games in the last ten seasons have also been decided in overtime. A recent poll of SEC fan bases found that over 60% of LSU fans singled out Alabama as their most bitter rival.[2]

In 2007, the meeting was even more heated following Alabama's hiring of head coach Nick Saban, who had coached LSU to a National Championship; many media outlets dubbed the 2007 meeting the "Saban Bowl."[3][4][5] Alabama leads the series 6–3 in the games played so far during the "Saban Bowl" era.

In their 2011 regular season matchup, No. 1 LSU defeated No. 2 Alabama 9–6 in overtime at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, on November 5.[6] Later, during the 2011 post season, the two were selected by the Bowl Championship Series [7] to play each other again in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, which was the first time since 1986 that the two teams played in a location other than Baton Rouge or Tuscaloosa. Alabama won the game 21–0. The rematch was the first BCS Championship Game to feature two teams from the same conference (as well as the same division), and was also the first shutout of any BCS bowl game in the BCS's 14-year history.

Game results[edit]

Alabama victories are colored ██ crimson. LSU victories are colored ██ purple. Ties are white.

Series record sources: 2011 Alabama Football Media Guide,[8] 2011 LSU Football Media Guide,[9] and College Football Data Warehouse.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Record Book". University of Alabama Athletics. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  2. ^ "2009 Fan Survey Results for SEC". CNN. 
  3. ^ Carlton, Chuck (2007-11-02). "LSU, Alabama to meet in first Saban Bowl". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  4. ^ "Bayou, LSU fans brace for Nick Saban Bowl". New York Daily News. 2007-11-01. Archived from the original on 12 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  5. ^ "It's Saban Bowl for riled LSU fans". The Seattle Times. 2007-11-01. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  6. ^ "LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide - Recap - November 5, 2011". 
  7. ^ Prisbell, Eric (December 5, 2011). "BCS: LSU, Alabama get rematch in title game over Oklahoma State". The Washington Post. 
  8. ^ 2011 Alabama Football Media Guide, University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, pp. 176–195 (2011). Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  9. ^ 2011 LSU Football Media Guide, LSU Athletic Department, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pp. 153–163 (2011). Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  10. ^ College Football Data Warehouse, Alabama vs Louisiana State. Retrieved December 1, 2011.