Alabama–LSU football rivalry
|First meeting||November 18, 1895|
LSU 12, Alabama 6
|Latest meeting||November 9, 2019|
LSU 46, Alabama 41
|Next meeting||November 7, 2020|
|All-time series||Alabama leads, 53–26–5|
|Largest victory||Alabama, 47–3 (1922)|
|Longest win streak||Alabama, 11 (1971–81)|
|Current win streak||LSU, 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.
The series started in 1895, with a 12–6 win for LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 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.
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." 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. Later, during the 2011 post season, the two were selected by the Bowl Championship Series  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.
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.
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.
|Alabama victories||LSU victories||Tie games|
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