LSU vs Alabama 2013 Is a Big Football Rivalry
The biggest rivalry in college football will take place on November 9 in Tuscaloosa, AL at Bryant-Denny Stadium when Les Miles and the LSU Tigers take on Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The LSU-Alabama rivalry has been going on for a long time when you consider that both LSU and Alabama have been members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) since December of 1932. Both teams have competed in the SEC's Western Division since 1992 when the conference was split into two divisions.
LSU and Alabama started playing football with each other annually in 1964, with LSU playing its home games on campus at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA while Alabama played its home games at Legion Field in Birmingham, AL. Then in 1988 Alabama moved their home games from Birmingham to their campus in Tuscaloosa, AL at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The competitiveness has grown over the years and a recent survey of SEC fan bases shows that 60 percent of LSU Tigers fans consider Alabama to be their most bitter rival.
It seems a little strange that only 42 percent of the games between LSU and Alabama have been won by the team playing in its own home state, except for ties, but Alabama has won more games in the state of Louisiana than LSU has won in the state of Alabama. Since Alabama coach Bear Bryant retired, both teams have pretty much split the series and Alabama narrowly leads 16–14–1.
The heat between these two teams increased even more in 2007 when head coach Nick Saban left LSU and went to Alabama after he had taken the Tigers to a National Championship.
It was on November 5, 2011 during their regular season matchup that No. 1 LSU beat No. 2 Alabama 9–6 at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in overtime. Then in the 2011 post season both teams were chosen to play each other again in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans, LA at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This marked the first time since 1986 that LSU and Alabama played each other in a location other than Baton Rouge or Tuscaloosa.
This rematch was billed as "The Game of the Century", the first BCS Championship Game to feature two teams from the same conference and the first shutout of any BCS bowl game in the 14-year history of the BCS when Alabama won the game 21–0.
Which team will claim victory on November 9, in Tuscaloosa, No. 11 LSU or No. 1 Alabama?