LSU remains 1st in the AP Polls following win over Alabama

Lousiana State University quarterback Joe Burrow during a game against Aurburn in Baton Rouge Louisiana on Oct. 26 2019

Lousiana State University quarterback Joe Burrow during a game against Aurburn in Baton Rouge Louisiana on Oct. 26 2019

1 and 2 in the quarterback discussion for the 2020 draft. The victor on Saturday will be in the driver seat not only in the SEC West but will also have an inside track to the College Football Playoff.

For Alabama, a 12-point home loss to LSU would be hard to spin.

The running backs delivered.

They carried him only partway across the field. For a program has not won the conference since a shared title in 1967, this is a whole new world. On Alabama's next possession, Tagovailoa was able to get the Tide across mid-field but was forced to throw the ball away on a third-and-six.

LSU (9-0) will travel to play Ole Miss on Saturday while Alabama (8-1) heads to Starkville to face Mississippi State. The Tigers later settled for a Cade York 40-yard field goal to take the 10-0 lead with 4:54 left in the first.

LSU wasn't ideal in its own right, allowing a punt return for a touchdown by Alabama's Jaylen Waddle, having a PAT blocked and having coaches on its sideline calling the attention of cornerback Derek Stingley, who then looked to the sideline as the ball was snapped and got burned on a 64-yard touchdown reception by DeVonta Smith.

It's probably safe to assume Tua Tagovailoa was hoping the first half of Saturday's game would go a little better.

Rashod Bateman got the Gophers going with a 66-yard score on their first possession that covered 95 yards.

Best block: The left side of the Lions' line, Rashard Walker and Steven Gonzalez, did a great job sealing the edge early as Journey Brown busted runs of 45 yards (TD) and 39 yards. LSU had been win-less in eight straight games against the mighty Crimson Tide. Edwards-Helaire ran for 103 yards on 20 carries and had nine catches for 77 yards. Tagovailoa had a fumble and an interception in the first half. Alabama was penalized for a personal foul putting the ball on the Tide 13.

-Kedon Slovis, USC, threw for 432 yards and four touchdowns to help the Trojans hold off Arizona State 31-26. The Bengals are now holding the No. 1 overall pick as the only winless team in the NFL.

Smith had 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns on seven catches for Alabama. He finished with 190 total yards and two total touchdowns, including 146 rushing yards on 19 carries. The Tigers jumped out to a 42-0 halftime lead on N.C. State then coasted to a 55-10 blowout, clinching a fifth straight trip to the ACC championship game. The Alabama offense came right back and punched it in again.

Jerry Jeudy recovered from two dropped touchdown catches to haul one in to bring Alabama within five points in the fourth quarter.

But then it was Burrow's turn. LSU never trailed in the game, and eventually emerged with a 46-41 victory.

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