No. 1 LSU is now nine days away from the most important regular season game of the 2019 season. There's no way around it, the players will hear the chatter for all nine of those days.
Why is Alabama favored eight points over an LSU team that has stood up to three top-10 teams in 2019 already? Will Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa be ready to play come Nov. 9? How big of a Heisman statement is this game for both Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow?
These are just a few of the questions that players will have to answer over the next week whether it’s among family and friends, on the streets of LSU's campus or in a media setting. There's just no escaping the bombardment of questions that will certainly be barreling their way.
So the question then becomes how will the player's handle the immense expectations that lie on their shoulders? Here's what a few players had to say Wednesday evening about what has been stressed this week in practice and how the 2019 LSU team is equipped to end the eight game losing streak against the Crimson Tide.
Lloyd Cushenberry (senior center)
Cushenberry on what the offensive line has focused on in practice this week, blocking out the noise
Ja'Marr Chase (sophomore receiver)
Chase on Terrace Marshall's return against Auburn, what he remembers about 2018 Alabama game
Terrace Marshall (sophomore receiver)
Marshall on his foot injury and the preparing for all games the same way
JaCoby Stevens (junior safety)
Stevens on what he remembers of 2011 LSU-Alabama game and the difference in how the game was played then and the game now
Patrick Queen (junior linebacker)
Queen on the focus for the linebackers during the bye week, what he remembers about 2018 LSU-Alabama