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Alabama-LSU game a high-stakes affair yet again

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BATON ROUGE - Alabama coach Nick Saban wants his players to understand that facing 14th-ranked LSU in Death Valley's famously frenzied atmosphere Saturday night is one of the hardest things they'll do all season.

He also wants the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide to embrace it.

Saban says great competitors "like challenges like this."

As usual, there's a lot at stake for the Crimson Tide (7-1, 4-1), which would win the Southeastern Conference's Western Division by winning its final three league games.

The Tigers (7-2, 3-2) are also technically still alive in the SEC West, and the game also occurs on LSU's "Senior Day," because it's the last game in Tiger Stadium this season.

LSU senior center Elliot Porter says, "Every inch, every foot, every yard is going to be tough."

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