Alabama, LSU ride streaks into Baton Rouge game
TUSCALOOSA - Now, Alabama sees a clearly defined path to all of its big-picture goals.
The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide got a boost on its open date when bitter rival Auburn beat Mississippi, the only team to top 'Bama this season. That means Saturday night's always hard-hitting game at No. 14 LSU's Tiger Stadium is the first since that loss where Alabama is in charge of its own fate in the West Division.
Tide defensive end Jonathan Allen says players are "so excited now, especially since we control our own destiny."
Alabama was sixth in the initial College Football Playoff rankings.
LSU is also coming off a bye week entering a game that's routinely had huge stakes in recent years. Like Alabama, the Tigers have won three straight games.