LSU Vs. Alabama 2011: Series History And Rivalry Notes

The LSU Tigers were victorious 12–6 in the first meeting with the Alabama Crimson Tide in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1895. Soon after, however, it turned into an Alabama-sided affair.

The LSU Tigers were victorious 12–6 in the first meeting with the Alabama Crimson Tide in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1895. Soon after, however, it turned into an Alabama-sided affair.

The two teams began playing each other on an annual basis in 1964, with Alabama playing its home games at Legion Field in Birmingham, and LSU playing its home games on campus at Tiger Stadium. The series was marked by a long stretches where the home team struggled. From 1971 until 1999 LSU was winless, going 0-14-1 in Baton Rouge. Likewise from 1982 until 2007, Alabama went 3-10 in the state of Alabama. In 1988 Alabama began playing its home game in the series on their Tuscaloosa campus at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Overall, intensity has grown in the series during the last three decades with the two teams evenly splitting the series, 14-14-1.

In 2007, the meeting was even more heated following Alabama's hiring of head coach Nick Saban—who previously coached at LSU. With the hiring, many media outlets dubbed the 2007 meeting as the "Saban Bowl" The teams have split the four games played so far during the Saban era. With a late turnover, the Tigers beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa, 41–34. Last year, LSU defeated Alabama 24-21 in Baton Rouge.

Series record: Alabama leads, 43-25-5.

Last year’s result: LSU won, 24-21.

Current streak: LSU has won one game in a row.

Longest-ever streak: Alabama won 11 in a row.

First meeting: 1895.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit LSU blog And The Valley Shook and Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll. Stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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