Both Alabama and LSU had an open date prior to this week's No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup. The Crimson Tide and Tigers enter the game with identical 8-0 overall records and 5-0 marks in the Southeastern Conference. The meeting between Alabama and LSU will be the 75th in the series that dates back to the 1895 season. The Alabama-LSU game will be the first SEC game between No. 1 and No. 2 outside of the SEC Championship Game. Additionally, it will be just the ninth game in the history of Bryant-Denny Stadium between teams ranked in the top 10. The game will air on CBS with Verne Lundquist serving as the play-by-play announcer, and Gary Danielson at his side as the color analyst. The two will be joined by sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson. Eli Gold and Phil Savage will handle the radio call on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Chris Stewart serving as sideline reporter.
HEAD COACH NICK SABAN: Alabama head coach Nick Saban (Kent State, 1973) is in his fifth season with the Crimson Tide. Named the school's 27th head coach on Jan. 3, 2007, Saban has compiled a 46-11 record (51-11 before five vacated wins in 2007) at Alabama while leading the Tide to two SEC Western Division championships, one conference title and one national championship. Saban holds a career record of 137-53-1 (142-53-1) as a collegiate head coach, while also serving at Toledo, Michigan State and LSU. Saban won his first national championship as head coach of the LSU Tigers in 2003, guiding the Tigers to a 13-1 record that season. Overall, Saban has coached four conference championship teams (1990 Mid-American, 2001 SEC, 2003 SEC and 2009 SEC) and 11 of his 14 teams have played in postseason bowl games with the Tide appearing in a bowl game each year under Saban's direction. Saban is also the only active coach to win two BCS National Championships and the first to accomplish the feat at two different schools.
RANKINGS: In the latest polls released on October 30, Alabama remains at No. 2 in the Bowl Championship Series standings, the Associated Press Top 25, the Harris Poll and the USA TODAY Coaches' Poll, while LSU stands at No.1 in all 4 polls.
TODAY LSU SERIES: This will be the 75th meeting between the Crimson Tide and Tigers. Overall, Alabama leads LSU in the series 45-24-5 and has claimed two of the last three meetings, including a 27-21 overtime victory in 2008 and a 24-15 win in 2009. The Tide also holds a 21-15-2 mark at home against the Tigers.
NEXT GAME: Alabama travels to Starkville, Miss., to take on the Mississippi State on November 12. The meeting between the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs will be the 96th in the series that began in the 1896 season. Alabama leads the series 73-18-3, and has won the previous three matchups.