November 3, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Jeremy Hill (33) is tackled by Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Trey DePriest (33) during the fourth quarter at Tiger Stadium. Alabama defeated LSU, 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 13 LSU Tigers Preview

It’s not exactly the game that college football fans had hoped it would be at he beginning of the season, but this year’s SEC showdown between the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide will still be an incredible game.

The Tigers will be looking to get revenge in Bryant Denny Stadium in the unfamiliar role of spoiler. Last season, LSU saw the Crimson Tide put together a drive in the final minutes that ended with a 28 yard touchdown pass to T.J. Yeldon with 51 seconds remaining to give Alabama the win and leave A.J. McCarron in tears.

AJ McCarron

November 3, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) celebrates after throwing a game winning touchdown pass to running back T.J. Yeldon (not pictured) against the LSU Tigers during the fourth quarter of a game at Tiger Stadium. Alabama defeated LSU 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

LSU comes into the game as a one of the biggest underdogs the program has seen in more than a decade. Alabama is up to a 12.5 point favorite, but it is hard to see the game being so lopsided considering recent history in the rivalry.

Neither team has won by that many points since LSU won by 14 in 2006. LSU has been the underdog in all three of their previous regular season match-ups and the Tigers have won two of them.

LSU and Alabama have formed a quickly growing rivalry built on mutual respect and hate. Their contests have yielded significant impacts on the National Championship race in years past and its no surprise that College GameDay will be in attendance for the game for the third consecutive year.

Several LSU players took last year’s loss extremely hard, but Tiger’s head coach Les Miles thinks his players are ready and even excited for this daunting task. From his Monday press conference, Miles was ready for the opportunity that awaits.

“I can tell you that our guys are in college football for these kind of games. We look forward to playing in them. It’s a great opportunity for all. Any time you line up against Alabama, there’s a rivalry.”

In fact, this is the best rivalry going in college football and despite the large point spread, this game has a way of making things awfully interesting.

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