On Fridays, Ryan McGee will preview a key weekend matchup by digging deep into the rivalry and determining which team is set up for a brighter future going forward. From fan bases to coaching stability to recruiting success, he'll cover the rivalries from every angle.
1. Recent performance
On Nov. 18, 1895, the Tide and Tigers met for the first time, a 12-6 game that was won by LSU. From there, Alabama owned the series, particularly when the games were played down on the bayou. The Tide posted a 12-game unbeaten streak from 1919 to 1945, a 16-2 mark from 1964 to 1981 and won 15 straight in Death Valley before finally being stopped in 2000.
What happened in 2000? Nick Saban arrived to coach LSU. Since then, the Tigers have enjoyed what has easily been their streak of most success against Bama, posting a record of 8-3. Saban went 4-1, his successor Les Miles is 4-2. LSU had never won more than two in a row in the series before 2003, but that year it started a five-year winning streak that spanned the tenure of both coaches.
What stopped the bleeding in Tuscaloosa? Saban arrived to coach the Tide in 2007 and has won two of the past four. Still, LSU has won five of its past seven visits to Bryant-Denny Stadium, dating back to 1997. Last year's grass-eating, back-breaking fourth-down conversion that toppled the top five Tide is the game that many believe vaulted The Hat to folk hero status.
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