November 3, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Odell Beckham (3) catches a pass over Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Deion Belue (13) during the fourth quarter of a game at Tiger Stadium. Alabama defeated LSU 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Calls LSU At Alabama the Year's Top Rivalry Game

Michigan-Ohio State, Alabama-Auburn, Notre Dame-USC, and Oklahoma-Texas are all storied rivalries, but none can compete with the newest top rivalry in the country. No rivalry has meant as much to the National Championship picture as LSU-Alabama.

ESPN has named the LSU-Alabama rivalry as the top current rivalry in the nation.

This Saturday, No. 13 LSU travels to Tuscaloosa to take on top-ranked Alabama. This is the eighth consecutive meeting between the two teams as ranked opponents. The rivalry will once again impact the Nation Championship picture as Saturday will be the eighth straight game between the two teams where at least one of them has been ranked in the top five nationally.

The rivalry has produced many thrilling games in recent years. In 2009, Julio Jones had a 73-yard touchdown and Patrick Peterson had an interception that somehow was deemed incomplete even after the play was reviewed.

In 2010, LSU won an exciting game at home. The Tigers converted two fourth down conversions and Les Miles showed the country his love for eating grass. 2011 was billed “The Game of the Century” and it did not disappoint. Two defensive powerhouses collided and LSU prevailed victorious, 9-6 in overtime.

The two teams had a rematch in the National Championship Game, but it was extremely disappointing. The LSU offense could never get going and the Crimson Tide dominated 21-0. In 2012 LSU almost pulled off the upset in Tiger Stadium, but AJ McCarron led a last minute drive and the Crimson Tide won the game leaving McCarron in tears.

This year LSU will attempt to derail Alabama off their track to the National Champion game and add even more history to a growing rivalry.

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