The Crimson Tide’s conference game against rival LSU is set for Saturday, Nov. 4 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Here’s the info you need for the game:
Alabama (8-0) vs. LSU (6-2)
Kickoff Time: 7:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Radio: 102.9 FM
Line: Alabama by 21
SEC Nation is set up in front of Moore Hall (across from the quad) and will air live from 9 – 11 a.m. CT.
Former running back Shaun Alexander will be signing autographs at 3:30 at the Nissan tent. Former Alabama defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry will be signing autographs at 3:30 at the Hyundai tent.
Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson, one of last year’s captains, will be at the Family Freindly Tailgate from 2:30-3:30.
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Need To Know
Alabama’s clear bag policy is in effect. Clear plastic totes are not to exceed 12″x 6″x 12″. Fans are permitted to bring a one-gallon clear plastic bag or a small clutch/purse not to exceed 4.5″x 6.5″. Backpacks, large purses, camera bags, diaper bags and other non-clear bags are not permitted.
Gates open two hours prior to kickoff.
Players To Watch
Key Stat: Fitzpatrick has five tackles for loss this season.
Fitzpatrick is not only the talk of Alabama’s defense, but the defensive back has made an impression on the NFL. The junior should be a lock for the first round of the draft in April, and there’s no better place to make a strong statement than Alabama-LSU. The Crimson Tide will need Fitzpatrick’s playmaking ability to get into the backfield and create havoc for an improving Tiger offense.
Key Stat: Wilson has three interceptions this season.
Wilson’s speed at linebacker will be important this week if Alabama wants to contain some of LSU’s skill players. The sophomore has had an interception back-to-back games now for the Crimson Tide. Wilson is also a factor on special teams, excelling in kickoff coverage this season. He was named Alabama’s Special Teams Player of the Week against Fresno State and Ole Miss.
Key Stat: Hurts has 15 total touchdowns this season.
Hurts had a season-low 14 rushing yards last week against Tennessee, but he also spent a large chunk of the game on the sideline because of the lopsided score. The sophomore’s mobility will be a key this week against the Tigers, who boast a dynamic group of defensive ends. LSU ranks 47th in rushing defense this season, but will likely bring down extra help to force Hurts into passing situations.
Key Stat: Key has four sacks this season.
Key is another player on the radar of many NFL teams. The junior is a problem for SEC offensive lines. As a sophomore Key set LSU’s single-season sacks record with 13 sacks on his way to being named First Team All-SEC. Through eight games he is slightly off his pace from a season ago, but will look to close that gap against the Crimson Tide.
Key Stat: Guice averages 5.7 yards per carry this season.
He’s the man who said Alabama’s defense was scared of LSU’s running game. Guice is one of the best running backs in the conference, and he was voted a 2016 First-Team All-American by Scout last season. Leonard Fournette’s failures against the Crimson Tide were well documented, but Guice has never had a legitimate workload against the conference rival. Last year in Baton Rouge he had he had just two carries for eight yards.
Key Stat: Etling has nine touchdown passes and just one interception this season.
Given the playmakers surrounding Etling, one of the best plays he can make is no play at all. Etling has been great at taking care of the ball for the Tigers, throwing just one interception while completing 60 percent of his passes. Something will give on Saturday, because Alabama’s defense has been great at turning over conference opponents to this point.