BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - If top-ranked and undefeated Alabama is going to lose a game, 10th ranked LSU is probably the last team on Bama's schedule who has the talent to pull the upset. Okay the Auburn Tigers could give the Tide some trouble.
The visiting team has had the edge in the LSU-Alabama series, especially for the men in Purple & Gold.
The 7 and 2 Tigers have won 11 of the last 15 games that have been played in Birmingham or Tuscaloosa. Over the last six games at Alabama, LSU has prevailed 5 times, including that 9-6 game of the century in 2011.
The Tigers will be pumped and ready, trying to avenge last season's last minute loss to the Tide.
LSU head coach Les Miles says his Tigers will be ready.
"It's a big rivalry. There's national prestige." Miles added,"The greatest compliment you can pay an opponent is to give our best efforts and certainly Alabama will get that."
LSU's 2 setbacks have come on the road losing to Georgia and Ole Miss by a total of six points. If quarterback Zach Mettenberger plays anywhere close to the way he played in last season's game in Baton Rouge, LSU has a chance.
Coach Nick Saban has his defensive unit back to being an aggressive bone crushing unit. So Mettenberger must find his game breaking receivers Odell Beckham, Junior and Jarvis Landry to keep the offense moving down the field.
The Tigers will also rely on the running of sophomore Jeremy Hill, who can break through the defensive line and take it the distance.
The big question... can LSU's young defense remember their assignments and not give up easy touchdowns?
The odds makers have Alabama an 11-point favorite to keep BCS title hopes alive.