LSU opponent preview: Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama's Will Anderson Jr. PHOTO COURTESY: University of Alabama athletic department

ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (7-1, 4-1 in SEC)
FACES LSU:
Nov. 5, 6:00 p.m., Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge)
HEAD COACH: NICK SABAN (190-26 at Alabama, 281-68-1 overall)
NUMBER OF HEAD COACHES, 20 SEASONS: Three
2021 RECORD: 13-2 (8-1)
OVERALL RECORD, 10 SEASONS: 128-13
CONFERENCE: SEC
LAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP: 2021
SEC TITLE GAME RECORD: 10-4
TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, LAST: 18, 2020

THIS SEASON: Sixth-ranked Alabama is coming off an open date a week after a 30-6 win over SEC West opponent Mississippi State … Junior quarterback BRYCE YOUNG has completed 146 of 221 passes for 1,906 yards with three interceptions and 18 TDs. … Running back JAHMYR GIBBS is team’s leading rusher with 98 attempts for 672 yards and 6 TDs and has also caught 31 passes for 301 yards and 3 TDs … Senior linebacker HENRY TO’OTO’O has 60 tackles and 4 1/2 tackles for loss and junior WILL ANDERSON JR. has 36 tackles, 12 TFLs and 6 sacks.
NAME GAME: Saban, 48-16 coaching LSU from 2000-04, heads into his 16th Crimson Tide season … Returning Heisman Trophy winner Young set Alabama’s single-season record for passing yards (4,872) and touchdowns (47) in 2021 … Receiver JERMAINE BURTON (53 catches, eight touchdowns over two seasons) transfers in from Georgia; Gibbs (5.2 yards per carry, eight TDs over two seasons) transfers in from Georgia Tech … Offensive guard EMIL EKIYOR JR. had 29 career starts going into this season … To’oto’o played two seasons at Tennessee, then had a team-high 113 tackles at Alabama last season … Cornerback ELI RICKS, who played 14 career games for LSU before a mid-season shoulder injury cut his 2021 season short, joins an Alabama secondary returning starting strong safety JORDAN BATTLE (five career interceptions)
TIDBITS: Alabama has won seven straight ‘bowl’ games. Its last non-CFP national championship game bowl loss was to Ohio State in the 2014 season’s Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, a CFP semifinal … Alabama is the runaway favorite to win the SEC West and the SEC title game, according to a preseason media poll … The Crimson Tide has won six of the last eight SEC championship game

FUN FACT:
The last time the Crimson Tide lost more than twice was its 10-3 2010 season. The last time the Tide lost more than three games was 2007, when it went 7-6 in Saban’s first season in Tuscaloosa. Alabama’s last losing season was 2006, when it finished 6-7 in the last of coach MIKE SHULA’S four seasons

INFLUENCER

Will Anderson Jr

Linebacker | 6-4 | 243 | Junior

A potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, Anderson won SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors, won the Bronco Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player and was a consensus All American after leading the country in tackles for loss with 34.5 including 17.5 sacks last season.

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