The win was the Crimson Tide’s first home loss since 2015 and only the fifth in the last 11 years, while LSU became the first program to win in Tuscaloosa twice since Nick Saban took charge of Alabama in 2007.
Ranked as the No.1 team in the country in The Associated Press Top 25 poll over the last three weeks, the win saw LSU claim top spot in both the USA Today coaches’ poll and, more importantly, the College Football Playoff ranking this week.
“When you look at LSU’s resume with a win over Alabama on the road, that makes their fourth top 20 win, and they’re the only team in the nation with that,” Rob Mullens, the athletics director at the University of Oregon and CFP Selection Committee chair, said on Tuesday upon the release of the second set of rankings of the season.
“They’re deserving of that No. 1 ranking.”
The Tigers are a shoo-in to be among the four teams making the playoff this season, but Orgeron urged his players not to rest on their laurels ahead of their road game against Ole Miss on Saturday.
The Rebels—who incidentally were the last team to win on the road against Alabama up until last week—may be 4-6 this season, but Orgeron expects them to throw everything they have at LSU.
“They put this game on their calendar, this is a game they want to win,” he said in his press conference earlier this week, as per Sports Illustrated.
“This is a rivalry game, LSU is the team they’d most like to beat along with Mississippi State and we know they’re going to give their best shot. It’s going to be a great crowd, a great challenge for our football team.”
While LSU has looked nothing short of unstoppable so far this season, Orgeron’s concerns are legitimate as Ole Miss has run both Texas A&M and Auburn close this year—losing by seven at home to the former and by six on the road to the latter.
Ole Miss thrashed New Mexico State 41-3 last week and will be desperate to derail the campaign of its SEC West rivals, despite entering the game as 21-point underdog.
At the same time, it’s hard to see LSU stumble on Saturday after not putting a foot wrong all season.
Despite defeating three ranked programs in the first eight weeks of the campaign, the trip to Alabama was by far the Tigers’ biggest test of the season.
LSU answered all questions emphatically, riding its high-octane offense as it has done time and again this season.
Joe Burrow strengthened his Heisman Trophy credentials as he passed for 393 yards and three touchdowns, adding 64 yards on the ground, while Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 103 yards and three scores.
The win put the Tigers in the driver’s seat to win the SEC West and play in the SEC Championship Game. More importantly, it also means LSU can afford to lose one of their three remaining regular-season games and still make the playoffs.
Given their two opponents aside from Ole Miss are Arkansas and Texas A&M, don’t expect the Tigers to lose any time soon.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of Saturday.
When and where is the game?
The Ole Miss Rebels host the LSU Tigers at Vaught–Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi, on Saturday, November 16.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
A live stream will be available via ESPN’s digital platforms, WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
Saturday will be the 107th meeting between the two programs, with LSU currently leading the all-time series with 62 wins to Ole Miss’ 40. The Tigers have won the last three games against the Rebels, putting up 38 or more points on all three occasions.
According to Oddschecker, the Tigers are a 21-point favorite and are 22/25 to cover the spread, while Ole Miss is a 7/1 underdog.
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