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Alabama leads the series with LSU 46-25-5. To be fair, LSU has won 7 of the last 10, so the series record before that was Alabama 43-18-5. Hey, I might like this selective counting stuff too!
More to the point, Alabama is 25-8-2 all-time in Tiger Stadium, day or night. So maybe this "Nighttime in Death Valley" stuff has a whole lot more to do with the quality of the football team on the field and a whole lot less to do with rocking buses, yelling "Tiger Bait" (which has always seemed a bit odd to me, since the purpose of baiting a tiger would be to capture or kill it), little old ladies shooting folks the Bird, and kickoff being after 5PM.
I was there for the 31-0 beat down in 2002, and neither the 8PM kickoff nor the frigid temperatures seemed to affect Bama that night. Yes, Big Televen fans, we play football in cold weather sometimes too.
Still looking for a great football game between two teams with a passel of great athletes.
Have you thanked the dead drunk lately?
One last tidbit on the "home field advantage" in this game. Over the last 32 years, the road team is 23-8-1 in this game.
Of course, there's also this list:
The number of times in my lifetime that the Tide has won in Baton Rouge. It had happened once, when I was less that a year old in 1969, but imagine my shock when LSU beat us in Tiger Stadium for the second time in my life in 2000. I was 32. Even through the dreaded Shula era we are a mostly respectable 2-4 in BR.
Still think this is a hard-fought game that LSU can't score enough in to beat us - unless of course we turn it over or give up big plays. If we give up a couple big plays and a score early I can easily see LSU winning the game.
LSU has the revenge factor as Bama had in the Champ game in January.
Tigers have more talent at RB than last meeting.
Both teams have awesome O and D lines with the D line edge to LSU.
Maybe a better QB then last season, a lot to be seen or not seen yet.
and Death Valley at night!
notice to all redneck bama fans going to the game in baton rouge:
in the unlikely event that alabama were to win the saturday evening contest, be advised that going to krystal restaurants in the area is discouraged. the baton rouge police will be on level one alert for any exposed genitalia from alabama fans in these locations. if you must have a burger and must expose yourself, note that a two yard "halo area" of personal space has been established around all other krystal patrons.
I wouldn't say that both of them have awesome O and D lines. If you want to give the edge to the lines you have to compare each teams offensive line against the defensive line or vice versa.You cant compare offense vs offense and defense vs defense. If you compare LSU D line to bama O line. Its a solid match up both ways. Bama's weakness if you wanna call it that on the o line would be on the ends with fluker and Kouandjio matched up with mingo and montgomery in passing situations. But Bama strength is run blocking which will slow down the ends in that aspect of the game. that match up is fairly even id say.
If you match up bama's d line with lsu's O line. I think it's safe to say bama has the edge there. Everyone knows this game will be won or lost in the trenches. I'm looking forward to the hard hitting collisions at the lines.