Saturday’s meeting between No. 2 Alabama and LSU marks the end of an era between the two rivals. It’s the final game Ed Orgeron will coach in this series as leader of the Tigers.
The sixth-year LSU coach — if you include his interim status in 2016 — is now only one of two active SEC coaches to have beaten Alabama. Once he leaves at the end of the season, only Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher will be able to claim that feat. All the more reason for LSU to try and get one final victory for the outgoing coach.
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That won’t be an easy feat for the 4-4 Tigers, who return to Tuscaloosa for the first time since a 46-41 win at Alabama in 2019 helped propel them to an undefeated national championship season (and prompted an epic locker room speech from Orgeron). LSU has suffered myriad injuries this season, especially in the secondary: All-American cornerbacks Derek Stingley Jr. and Eli Ricks, safety Major Burns and former five-star freshman Sage Ryan will miss Saturday’s game. Cordale Flott is questionable to return as well.
That doesn’t bode well for a Tigers team facing quarterback Bryce Young; the sophomore ranks in the top 20 nationally in every major passing category, including completions (188, tied for 12th); completion percentage (70.1, 11th); yards (2,453, 10th); yards per attempt (9.2, 15th); adjusted yards per attempt (10.6, fifth); touchdowns (26, tied for fourth); and passer efficiency rating (176.8, fourth).
That said, the Tigers have received good play from their own quarterback in Max Johnson. He has completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 2,008 yards and 20 touchdowns to five interceptions in 2021 — a bright spot on an otherwise-down LSU team. He can take advantage of an Alabama secondary that has struggled at times to defend big plays, which was also the case in the Crimson Tide’s 52-24 victory over Tennessee.
Sporting News breaks down how to watch the Alabama-LSU rivalry in Tuscaloosa, Ala:
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What channel is Alabama vs. LSU on today?
- TV channel (national): ESPN
- Live stream: ESPN app, fuboTV
The meeting between Alabama and LSU will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will call the game.
You can also stream the game live on the ESPN App or with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
Alabama vs. LSU start time
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 6
- Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Alabama vs. LSU will kick off at 7 p.m. ET from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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Alabama schedule 2021
|vs. No. 14 Miami (Atlanta)||Sept. 4||Alabama 44, Miami 13|
|vs. Mercer||Sept. 11||Alabama 48, Mercer 14|
|at No. 11 Florida||Sept. 18||Alabama 31, Florida 29|
|vs. Southern Miss||Sept. 25||Alabama 63, Southern Miss 14|
|vs. No. 12 Ole Miss||Oct. 2||Alabama 42, Ole Miss 21|
|at Texas A&M||Oct. 9||Texas A&M 41, Alabama 38|
|at Mississippi State||Oct. 16||Alabama 49, Mississippi State 9|
|vs. Tennessee||Oct. 23||Alabama 52, Tennessee 24|
|vs. LSU||Nov. 6||TBD|
|vs. New Mexico State||Nov. 13||TBD|
|vs. Arkansas||Nov. 20||TBD|
|at No. 13 Auburn||Nov. 27||TBD|
LSU schedule 2021
|at UCLA||Sept. 4||UCLA 38, LSU 27|
|vs. McNeese||Sept. 11||LSU 34, McNeese 7|
|vs. Central Michigan||Sept. 18||LSU 49, Central Michigan 21|
|at Mississippi State||Sept. 25||LSU 28, Mississippi State 25|
|vs. No. 22 Auburn||Oct. 2||Auburn 24, LSU 19|
|at No. 16 Kentucky||Oct. 9||Kentucky 42, LSU 21|
|vs. No. 20 Florida||Oct. 16||LSU 49, Florida 42|
|at No. 12 Ole Miss||Oct. 23||Ole Miss 31, LSU 17|
|at No. 2 Alabama||Nov. 6||TBD|
|vs. Arkansas||Nov. 13||TBD|
|vs. Louisiana-Monroe||Nov. 20||TBD|
|vs. No. 14 Texas A&M||Nov. 27||TBD|