It may not be the College Football Playoff National Championship, but nothing about Saturday's game between No. 2 LSU and No. 3 Alabama feels like the regular season. The winner of the game, barring anything unforeseen, is almost guaranteed a playoff spot.
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LSU and Alabama have had extra time to prepare for the game since both are coming off bye weeks. In his Tuesday press conference, Alabama coach Nick Saban said one of his biggest concerns is LSU quarterback Joe Burrow's ability to extend plays and make first downs with his legs. Burrow, who is in the Heisman Trophy conversation, has used the team's core of top wide receivers to his advantage.
Defensively, the Tide have allowed just six passes longer than 30 yards, one longer than 40 and none longer than that. LSU has given up eight of 30 or more yards and two of 40 or more. However, both teams are likely to give up more big plays Saturday than they have in any game this season.
The matchup between Alabama's wideouts, especially Jerry Jeudy, and the LSU secondary could go a long way in deciding the winner of this game. Nobody has been able to stop the Tide's receivers yet, but Alabama has not faced a secondary like LSU's. The game could come down to who can make a stop at the right time.
Will Alabama's school-record 31-game home winning streak reach 32? Will LSU's losing streak to the Tide reach nine?