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TUSCALOOSA - Alabama's Blake Sims and Amari Cooper are poised to face their toughest test.

The same could be said for LSU's secondary.

The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide pits Cooper - the nation's No. 2 receiver - against No. 14 LSU on Saturday night. The Tigers lead the nation in pass defense efficiency.

LSU cornerback Jalen Collins says the team's defensive backs' "confidence level is pretty high" after containing Mississippi and Bo Wallace.

The Tigers are giving up just 158 passing yards per game. That's only 17 more than Cooper is averaging as a receiver. He has nine touchdown catches while LSU has allowed just six.

Cooper set Alabama's school record with 224 receiving yards at Tennessee.

It's an intriguing matchup in a rivalry known more for punishing runners and physical defenses.


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