Alabama–LSU football rivalry

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Alabama–LSU football rivalry
First meetingNovember 18, 1895
LSU 12, Alabama 6
Latest meetingNovember 9, 2019
LSU 46, Alabama 41
Next meetingNovember 7, 2020
Statistics
Meetings total83
All-time seriesAlabama leads, 53–26–5
Largest victoryAlabama, 47–3 (1922)
Longest win streakAlabama, 11 (1971–81)
Current win streakLSU, 1 (2019–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 schools are charter members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and both universities' sports teams have competed in the SEC's Western Division since the conference was split into two divisions in 1992.

Series history[edit]

Sideline picture of Alabama vs LSU on November 5, 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 is 28–9–2 against LSU in Baton Rouge; they went 16–1–1 from 1965–98. Alabama has gone 7–12 in games played in Alabama since 1982. LSU has gone 4–16–1 in games played in Louisiana since 1982. There have been two overtime games each in Tuscaloosa (2005, 2011) and Baton Rouge (2008, 2014) respectively; the road team has won each time. In fact, in the series history, only 39% of games have been won by the team playing in its home state (excluding ties). In 1988, Alabama began playing its home game in the series on their Tuscaloosa campus at Bryant–Denny Stadium; LSU won the first game in the series after the move 19–18.

While Alabama controlled most of the series' early history by going 31–11–4 against LSU, the intensity and competitiveness has grown during the last three decades. Since Bear Bryant's retirement in 1982, Alabama leads the series 23–15–1. Four games in the last ten seasons have also been decided in overtime. A 2009 poll of SEC fan bases found that over 60% of LSU fans singled out Alabama as their most bitter rival, while Alabama fans mostly did not consider it to be a rivalry.[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 10–4 in the games played so far during the "Saban Bowl" era.

In their 2011 regular season matchup, No. 1 LSU beat 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, a controversial selection to the game after failing to win the conference title, proved its legitimacy and 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.

In 2012, #5 LSU and #1 Alabama met each other at Tiger Stadium on November 3, 2012. Alabama took a 14–3 lead into halftime, but LSU running back Jeremy Hill ran for a touchdown to cut the lead to 14–10. QB Zach Mettenberger threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jarvis Landry early in the 4th quarter for a 17–14 lead. LSU held twice on defense, but kicker Drew Alleman missed a key field goal. Alabama then quickly drove downfield on completion by quarterback AJ McCarron to wide receiver Kevin Norwood of 18, 15, and 11 yards to the LSU 28. On 2nd and 10, McCarron threw a screen pass to running back TJ Yeldon, who weaved through LSU defenders for a game-winning touchdown with 51 seconds left. LSU failed to do anything, and Alabama won 21–17.[8]

In 2014, the #16 Tigers met the #5 Crimson Tide at Tiger Stadium on November 8, 2014. Alabama clawed to a 10–7 lead in a defensive battle, but LSU tied at 10 entering the 4th quarter. With 50 seconds left, LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye kicked a 39 yard field goal for a 13–10 lead. Facing a second loss, and elimination from the first College Football Playoff, Alabama drove to the LSU 10, where sophomore kicker Adam Griffith made a 27 yarder to send the game into overtime tied 13–13. On the first possession of overtime, Alabama QB Blake Sims found DeAndrew White in the end-zone for a 20–13 lead. LSU threw 4 straight incomplete passes, and Alabama escaped Baton Rouge with a 20–13 win.[9]

In 2015, one of the biggest matchups in recent history involved LSU and Alabama. 7–0 #2 LSU was led by Heisman favorite Leonard Fournette, who ran for 200 yards against Auburn and Syracuse on national TV. 7–1 #4 Alabama had lost 43–37 to Ole Miss earlier in the season. Alabama had its own Heisman candidate in running back Derrick Henry. The Rebels had slipped up and lost 38–10 to Florida and 53–52 to Arkansas, meaning that the winner would have control of the SEC West. Alabama struck first with an Adam Griffith field goal and a 3–0 lead. After a punt, Derrick Henry had a 40 yard run to the LSU. He plunged in on the next play, and Alabama led 10–0. LSU struck back when QB Brandon Harris found wide receiver Travin Dural for a 40 yard TD to cut the Bama lead to 10–7. After a punt, LSU kicker Trent Domingue nailed a 39 yarder to tie the game 10–10. Adam Griffith then kicked a career long 55 yard field-goal, and Bama led 13–10 at the half. To open the 3rd quarter, Harris threw an interception to Dillon Lee. Henry then ran for a score to put Bama up 20–10. After 3 punts, Henry ran for a 7 yard TD for a 27–10 lead for Alabama. LSU never recovered. They had 2 field goals in the 4th quarter, but Bama won convincingly 30–16.

On November 9,2019 LSU and Alabama Squared off in Tuscaloosa LSU was ranked number 2 in the playoff poll and Alabama was ranked number 3 Lsu were both ranked as the top2 teams respectively in both the Ap Poll and the usa coaches poll with Lsu number 1 and Alabama number 2 in the Ap poll and Alabama number 1 and Lsu number 2 in the coaches poll. This was the first game since 2010 that the game wasn't played at night instead it was played at 230 due CBS had already had its prime time game with Georgia and Notre Dame. The first drive of the game Alabama got all the way to the Lsu 10 yard line on 3rd down Alabama quarterback Tua Taglivoa coughed up the Ball and Lsu recovered the ball Lsu then drove to mid field when Quarterback Joe Burrow connected with Clyde Edwards He Lair for a 52 yd touchdown the first half for Alabama was filled with misques their punter bobbled the snap in Lsu territory they also intercepted joe Burrow but it was negated by a penalty because if 12 men on the field lay would then kick a field goal to make it 10-0 Lsu would then go three and out and then punted the ball Jeremy waddle would then run the punt return in for a touchdown cutting the lead to 10-7 LSU would score another touchdown right along with Alabama to make the score 16-13. LSU had their extra point blocked and Alabama missed theirs Lsu would kick another field goal then Alabama was stopped short of a first down at mid field lsu would March down and score again just before the half Tua Taglivoa was intercepted the very next play Burrow connected with he lair for a touchdown at halftime Lsu lead 33-13. The second half Alabama began to get its rhythm in the third Quarter Alabama scored the first touchdown of the half to cut Lsus lead to 33-20 at the beginning of the 4th quarter Alabama would score again to cut it to 33-27 it looked like Alabama was finally in control at that point and the Joe Burrow would drive Lsu all then way down connecting once again with he lair for a touchdown making it once again a two score game and then Alabama would March down and score to cut the lead 39-34 LSU marched down the field and with under 2 minutes left in the game Joe Burrow connected once again with Helair for a another touchdown to make it 46-34 Lsu seemingly thinking the game was iced at that point however on the First play of Alabama's final drive Tua threw for 72 yd Touchdown with 1:27 left in the game. Alabama attempted the onside kick it bounced right for Alabama but Lsus Justin Jefferson recovered the kick Alabama however had two time out on the first play of Lsus final drive Burrow handed the ball off to He lair He lair ran with 6 or Alabama defenders pulling them all 10 yards for the first down lsu would knee it after that although Alabama outscored lsu 28-13 in the second half joe Burrow and Lsus offense proved to be to much for Alabama at long last the curse was lifted In Baton Rouge and Louisiana as for the first time since 2011 LSU beat Alabama snapping an 8 game losing streak to the Crimson Tide with the win in Tuscaloosa LSU also snapped Alabama's 31 home win streak in Tuscaloosa the first time Alabama had lost in Bryant Denny stadium since they lost to Ole miss in 2015. The final score was LSU 46 Alabama 41. LSU would score the most points against Alabama under nick Saban eclipsing the 44 points that Clemson had scored against Saban in the National Championship the season before. It also marked the first time that Alabama never lead against LSU under Nick Saban the Next day Lsu would Unamisly be number 1 in both the ap and coaches Alabama would drop to number 4 in both polls.

Game results[edit]

Alabama victoriesLSU victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinning teamLosing team
1 November 18, 1895 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 12 Alabama 6
2 November 29, 1902 Tuscaloosa, AL LSU 11 Alabama 0
3 November 9, 1903 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 18 LSU 0
4 December 2, 1904 Baton Rouge, LA Alabama 11 LSU 0
5 November 2, 1907 Mobile, AL Alabama 6 LSU 4
6 November 25, 1909 Birmingham, AL LSU 12 Alabama 6
7 November 15, 1919 Baton Rouge, LA Alabama 23 LSU 7
8 November 11, 1920 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 21 LSU 0
9 October 29, 1921 New Orleans, LA Tie7Tie7
10 November 10, 1922 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 47 LSU 3
11 November 16, 1923 Montgomery, AL Alabama 30 LSU 3
12 October 10, 1925 Baton Rouge, LA Alabama 42 LSU 0
13 October 30, 1926 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 24 LSU 0
14 October 8, 1927 Birmingham, AL Tie0Tie0
15 December 8, 1928 Birmingham, AL Alabama 31 LSU 0
16 November 15, 1930 Montgomery, AL Alabama 33 LSU 0
17 September 30, 1944 Baton Rouge, LA Tie27Tie27
18 October 6, 1945 Baton Rouge, LA Alabama 26 LSU 7
19 November 9, 1946 Baton Rouge, LA #19 LSU 31 Alabama 21
20 November 22, 1947 Tuscaloosa, AL #8 Alabama 41 LSU 12
21 November 20, 1948 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 26 Alabama 6
22 September 29, 1951 Tuscaloosa, AL LSU 13 #9 Alabama 7
23 September 27, 1952 Baton Rouge, LA Alabama 21 LSU 20
24 September 26, 1953 Mobile, AL Tie7Tie7
25 September 25, 1954 Baton Rouge, LA Alabama 12 LSU 0
26 September 28, 1957 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 28 Alabama 0
27 September 27, 1958 Mobile, AL #15 LSU 13 Alabama 3
28 November 7, 1964 Birmingham, AL #3 Alabama 17 #8 LSU 9
29 November 6, 1965 Baton Rouge, LA #5 Alabama 31 LSU 7
30 November 5, 1966 Birmingham, AL #4 Alabama 21 LSU 0
31 November 11, 1967 Baton Rouge, LA Alabama 7 LSU 6
32 November 9, 1968 Birmingham, AL Alabama 16 #20 LSU 7
33 November 8, 1969 Baton Rouge, LA #12 LSU 20 Alabama 15
34 November 7, 1970 Birmingham, AL #11 LSU 14 #19 Alabama 9
35 November 6, 1971 Baton Rouge, LA #4 Alabama 14 #18 LSU 7
36 November 11, 1972 Birmingham, AL #2 Alabama 35 #6 LSU 21
37 November 22, 1973 Baton Rouge, LA #2 Alabama 21 #7 LSU 7
38 November 9, 1974 Birmingham, AL #3 Alabama 30 LSU 0
39 November 9, 1975 Baton Rouge, LA #5 Alabama 23 LSU 10
40 November 6, 1976 Birmingham, AL #15 Alabama 28 LSU 17
41 November 5, 1977 Baton Rouge, LA #2 Alabama 24 #18 LSU 3
42 November 11, 1978 Birmingham, AL #3 Alabama 31 #10 LSU 10
43 November 10, 1979 Baton Rouge, LA #1 Alabama 3 LSU 0
No.DateLocationWinning teamLosing team
44 November 8, 1980 Tuscaloosa, AL #6 Alabama 28 LSU 7
45 September 5, 1981 Baton Rouge, LA #4 Alabama 24 LSU 7
46 November 6, 1982 Birmingham, AL #11 LSU 20 #8 Alabama 10
47 November 5, 1983 Baton Rouge, LA #19 Alabama 32 LSU 26
48 November 10, 1984 Birmingham, AL #12 LSU 16 Alabama 14
49 November 9, 1985 Baton Rouge, LA Tie14Tie14
50 November 8, 1986 Birmingham, AL #18 LSU 14 #6 Alabama 10
51 November 7, 1987 Baton Rouge, LA #13 Alabama 22 #5 LSU 10
52 November 5, 1988 Tuscaloosa, AL #13 LSU 19 #18 Alabama 18
53 November 11, 1989 Baton Rouge, LA #4 Alabama 32 LSU 16
54 November 10, 1990 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 24 LSU 3
55 November 9, 1991 Baton Rouge, LA #8 Alabama 20 LSU 17
56 November 7, 1992 Baton Rouge, LA #3 Alabama 31 LSU 11
57 November 6, 1993 Tuscaloosa, AL LSU 17 #5 Alabama 13
58 November 5, 1994 Baton Rouge, LA #6 Alabama 35 LSU 17
59 November 4, 1995 Tuscaloosa, AL #16 Alabama 10 LSU 3
60 November 9, 1996 Baton Rouge, LA #10 Alabama 26 #11 LSU 0
61 November 8, 1997 Tuscaloosa, AL #14 LSU 27 Alabama 0
62 November 7, 1998 Baton Rouge, LA Alabama 22 LSU 16
63 November 6, 1999 Tuscaloosa, AL #12 Alabama 23 LSU 17
64 November 4, 2000 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 30 Alabama 28
65 November 3, 2001 Tuscaloosa, AL LSU 35 Alabama 21
66 November 16, 2002 Baton Rouge, LA #10 Alabama 31 #14 LSU 0
67 November 15, 2003 Tuscaloosa, AL #3 LSU 27 Alabama 3
68 November 13, 2004 Baton Rouge, LA #17 LSU 26 Alabama 10
69 November 12, 2005 Tuscaloosa, AL #5 LSU 16 #4 Alabama 13OT
70 November 11, 2006 Baton Rouge, LA #12 LSU 28 Alabama 14
71 November 3, 2007 Tuscaloosa, AL #3 LSU 41 #17 Alabama 34
72 November 8, 2008 Baton Rouge, LA #1 Alabama 27 #15 LSU 21OT
73 November 7, 2009 Tuscaloosa, AL #3 Alabama 24 #9 LSU 15
74 November 6, 2010 Baton Rouge, LA #5 LSU 24 #10 Alabama 21
75 November 5, 2011 Tuscaloosa, AL #1 LSU 9 #2 Alabama 6OT
76 January 9, 2012 New Orleans, LA #2 Alabama 21 #1 LSU 0
77 November 3, 2012 Baton Rouge, LA #1 Alabama 21 #5 LSU 17
78 November 9, 2013 Tuscaloosa, AL #1 Alabama 38 #10 LSU 17
79 November 8, 2014 Baton Rouge, LA #5 Alabama 20 #16 LSU 13OT
80 November 7, 2015 Tuscaloosa, AL #4 Alabama 30 #2 LSU 16
81 November 5, 2016 Baton Rouge, LA #1 Alabama 10 #13 LSU 0
82 November 4, 2017 Tuscaloosa, AL #2 Alabama 24 #19 LSU 10
83 November 3, 2018 Baton Rouge, LA #1 Alabama 29 #3 LSU 0
84 November 9, 2019 Tuscaloosa, AL #1 LSU 46 #2 Alabama 41
Series: Alabama leads 53–26–5

Series record sources: 2011 Alabama Football Media Guide,[10] 2011 LSU Football Media Guide,[11] and College Football Data Warehouse.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Record Book" (PDF). University of Alabama Athletics. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 20, 2009. 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. ^ "Alabama vs. LSU – Game Summary – November 3, 2012 – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  9. ^ "Alabama vs. LSU – Game Summary – November 8, 2014 – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  10. ^ 2011 Alabama Football Media Guide Archived 2011-07-10 at the Wayback Machine, University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, pp. 176–195 (2011). Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  11. ^ 2011 LSU Football Media Guide, LSU Athletic Department, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pp. 153–163 (2011). Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  12. ^ College Football Data Warehouse, Alabama vs Louisiana State Archived 2011-10-23 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved December 1, 2011.