Alabama Vs. LSU: Tigers Triumphant In Tuscaloosa Overtime Tussle, 9-6

If you couldn't tell the difference between this low-scoring game and, say, Ohio State-Michigan State, we really don't know what we're going to do with you.

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BCS Rankings Projections, Week 11: LSU Has Work Left, And How Far Will Alabama Fall?

LSU beat Alabama, but its path to the title isn't assured just yet. Where will the Tide land? Can Oklahoma State or Boise State take advantage? Here are your Week 11 BCS standings projections. UPDATE: Week 11 BCS standings now available here.

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LSU Vs. Alabama Highlights 2011: Tigers Made Plays That Mattered Most

The Alabama Crimson Tide played well enough to beat the LSU Tigers Saturday night. From outgaining LSU by 56 yards to converting more third downs, the Tide held a slight edge all the way down the box score. But small advantages on offense and defense couldn't make up for LSU's single, massive edge: special teams.

Bama missed four field goals, though at least three of them were outside of Cade Foster's perceived range anyway. An injury to punt returner Marquis Maze prevented him from fielding one of Brad Wing's many devastating punts (feel totally fine calling Brad Wing "devastating"), turning it into a 73-yard table-turner. Wing pinned Bama deep in its own turf over and over -- four times inside their 20, twice inside their five. When yardage is scarce, field position becomes even more important.

There were other highlights, but for the most part, a game hyped beyond belief turned on routine plays. Does it make any sense that Les Miles' team is better than Nick Saban's at the boring stuff? 

For more on this game, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama RollLSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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LSU Vs. Alabama Final Score: Tigers Take Tuscaloosa In Overtime Classic

The LSU Tigers appeared to win the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first round of overtime, but Michael Ford stepped out of bounds by INCHES while streaking into the end zone. Boy that was close! The game remained 6-6, but the Tigers had a first down inside the 10.

For live Alabama-LSU score updates and conversation, head right here.

Kenny Hilliard tumbled with the ball into the line of scrimmage on first down. Spencer Ware did about the same on second. On third down, Les Miles sent out Drew Alleman. The reasoning, of course, is that a bad snap need not end the possession.

From 25 yards out, Alleman was iced by Nick Saban. Then, from 25 yards out, Alleman fired it through to make it 9-6 and ensure the Tigers will remain the No. 1 team in the country.

The Alabama reaction:

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For more on this game, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama RollLSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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Alabama Vs. LSU Score, Overtime: Cade Foster Misses Field Goal

The Alabama Crimson Tide got the ball first to start off The Overtime Of The Century against the LSU Tigers. With LSU's best weapon -- punter Brad Wing -- neutralized by the overtime format, Bama figured to have the advantage in the 6-6 tie. But special teams would still prove critical.

For live Alabama-LSU score updates and conversation, head right here.

An A.J. McCarron incompletion and a five-yard penalty handed a portion of that edge right back. McCarron had a wide-open Trent Richardson (he's been wide open all night, for some reason -- it's like once he crosses the line of scrimmage, he disappears) along the sideline, but just overthrew him.

Sam Montgomery followed up with a sack, putting the Tide in tough field goal position. Especially considering they'd missed two already.

Cade Foster came out to attempt the 52-yarder, missing to the left.

For more on this game, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama RollLSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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Alabama Vs. LSU Overtime: The Overtime Of The Century

The Alabama Crimson Tide got the ball back against the LSU Tigers with the score tied, 6-6, and elected to ... well, to play for overtime. First one to score a touchdown wins? That's been the refrain for hours now, and it might literally become the decider.

For live Alabama-LSU score updates and conversation, head right here.

Alabama's held the edge on both offense and defense, but LSU's special teams has made a draw of this one so far. With everything but field goal kicking now out of the equation, can the Tigers force an advantage elsewhere?

Bama outgained LSU by 83 yards in regulation. Then again, the Tide gained only three more first downs, and time of possession was virtually deadlocked.

For more on this game, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama RollLSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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LSU Vs. Alabama: Tyrann Mathieu Hit Costs Tigers 30 Crucial Yards

A penalty on Tyrann Mathieu cost the LSU Tigers 30 yards worth of field position late against the Alabama Crimson Tide, severely jeopardizing perhaps their last chance to break the 6-6 tie. During a kick return, Mathieu lashed Dre Kirkpatrick from behind with a clothesline, earning a 15-yard penalty that also nullified Odell Beckham's kick return.

Kirkpatrick was ruled out for the rest of the game with both a shoulder injury and dizziness.

For live Alabama-LSU score updates and conversation, head right here.

With just over three minutes to go, Jordan Jefferson ran the ball from LSU's 19 to the 38. Fun fact: that was LSU's second-biggest offensive play of the night. But no matter: Mark Barron silenced a Spencer Ware run, and Brad Wing took the field.

Wing stuck Alabama inside the 20. Two minutes remain.

For more on this game, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama RollLSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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LSU Vs. Alabama: Eric Reid Interception, Brad Wing Punt Bail Out Tigers

The Alabama Crimson Tide went for the dagger in the fourth quarter against the LSU Tigers. Lining up in the Wild ... elephant, the Tide had Marquis Maze loft a pass to the one-yard line. At first it appeared Nick Williams came down with it, but Eric Reid popped up with the ball. After review, it was clear Reid had wrestled the ball out on the way down.

For live Alabama-LSU score updates and conversation, head right here.

With new life yet again, LSU fiddled around and sent out Brad Wing to do some damage. How about a 72-yard punt? Yep, that'll do. Maze, with his ankle heavily taped, couldn't do much but watch the ball sail over his head and bound inside Bama's 20.

Brad Wing is the world's best athlete.

For more on this game, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama RollLSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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Barrett Jones Injury: Alabama All-American Taken To Locker Room

Alabama Crimson Tide tackle Barrett Jones was taken into the locker room in the fourth quarter against the LSU Tigers with an injury. Alfred McCullough will take over for him. It appears to be a leg injury, and Jones is expected to return at some point.

For live Alabama-LSU score updates and conversation, head right here.

Jones was hurt during an interception return by Morris Claiborne. He didn't waste much time in heading off the field, as CBS was reporting him gone right around the time LSU's offense took the field.

His absence could pose quite a challenge for the Tide, which has mustered 219 yards but only six points despite being given a pair of turnovers. Trent Richardson has been held to only 56 yards rushing.

For more on this game, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama RollLSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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LSU Vs. Alabama Score: Morris Claiborne Interception Gives Tigers Life

After Jarrett Lee's second interception in as many attempts, Jordan Jefferson stepped back into the LSU Tigers huddle unlikely to be replaced. Down by three to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the third quarter, Jefferson led the Tigers on a three-first down drive in response.

For live Alabama-LSU score updates and conversation, head right here.

But the Tide are catching on to LSU's option game. Forcing Jefferson to pitch to Michael Ford behind the line made for a third-and-long, and pressure required Jefferson to hurl it out of bounds. Advantage firmly in Alabama's possession.

At least Brad Wing redeemed himself for his earlier mispunt by situating the Tide inside the 15-yard line. The ball was fair caught by Alabama's backup return man, as Marquis Maze is on the sideline with an ankle injury.

A third-down Bama conversion put LSU in deep trouble, but Morris Claiborne jumped a route and came up with an interception returned to the Tide 15. Spencer Ware and Jefferson were stuffed, but Drew Alleman tied the game back up, 6-6.

For more on this game, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama RollLSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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LSU Vs. Alabama 2011 Update: Crimson Tide Retake Lead In Third

The LSU Tigers started the third quarter with the ball and with Jordan Jefferson again under center. Before the kickoff, Les Miles said Jarrett Lee would be back on the field at some point in the half, but Jefferson's speed made him the better option at times. Jefferson rushed for seven yards to achieve a first down as if to prove the point.

For live Alabama-LSU score updates and conversation, head right here.

Not much after that, though. Jefferson looked about as hard to bring down as Ben Roethlisberger at one point, fighting off two rushers to salvage a minimal loss from a likely sack.

But the Tide defense was ultimately too much, and LSU showed its first significant crack of the night: a bad Brad Wing punt. If they don't have a special teams advantage, what do the Tigers really have? 

They have a good defense, is what they have! LSU forced the Alabama Crimson Tide into their first punt of the night. Three points in 35 minutes, and only one punt, y'all.

Lee retook the field, immediately throwing his second pick, this time to Mark Barron. Oh me.

LSU's defense is still good, though. They were able to hold Alabama to another three-and-out, requiring Cade Foster's services. Foster missed his first two field goals from similar distances, but deposited the 46-yarder to make it 6-3.

For more on this game, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama RollLSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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LSU Vs. Alabama Halftime Score: The Tie Of The Century

Jordan Jefferson has remained in the game as the LSU Tigers quarterback ever since Jarrett Lee threw his first interception in weeks. It's made for a more diverse attack against the Alabama Crimson Tide, adding a number of short-distance trickeries to LSU's stable. But they haven't forsaken the deep stuff, Lee's specialty.

For live Alabama-LSU score updates and conversation, head right here.

Jefferson hit Russell Shepard for a 29-yard gain over the middle that Verne Lundquist mistakenly called an interception. It was a curious moment.

In scoring position with seconds to go, Jefferson barely missed Rueben Randle before a Dre Kirkpatrick interference call moved the Tigers to the one.

Eight seconds. A Spencer Ware run was stuffed, and Les Miles ran out onto the field to call time out with a tick left. Drew Alleman endured an icing before hitting the 19-yarder, and it's 3-3 in Tuscaloosa.

For more on this game, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama RollLSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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Alabama Vs. LSU Game 2011: Tide Score First, After Much Travail

The LSU Tigers got a pretty piece of field position after blocking an Alabama Crimson Tide field goal, getting the ball at the Bama 48 with Jordan Jefferson in for Jarrett Lee. A Michael Ford run and some Lee-Spencer Ware option made for a LSU first down, but there it ended. So LSU brought out its ultimate weapon.

For live Alabama-LSU score updates and conversation, head right here.

Punter Brad Wing, who might be the best athlete ever, again pinned Alabama inside its own five. Not only were you not surprised, you expected it to happen. He's good at punts.

Just as before, Alabama clawed its way out of trouble. After nearing midfield, A.J. McCarron hit Trent Richardson on a wide-open wheel route for a 39-yard gain, making for the night's first legit touchdown threat. Jokes about missed field goals: there were many of them at this point.

Jeremy Shelley took over for Cade Foster as Alabama's field goal kicker, punching it through the uprights. 3-0 with four minutes to go in the second, Tide.

For more on this game, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama RollLSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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Alabama Vs. LSU 2011: Blocked Field Goal, Jordan Jefferson Takes Over

After two LSU Tigers defensive struggles bailed out by missed Alabama Crimson Tide field goals, the Bayou Bengals took over with a chance to score on their second drive. But Jarrett Lee bobbled a snap and fired with bent knees, throwing his first pick in 100 passes. Robert Lester came up with the ball, LSU's first turnover in a month.

For live Alabama-LSU score updates and conversation, head right here.

Bama found itself with the ball closer to the end zone than it had managed to reach all night. The first quarter ended, 0-0, after Morris Claiborne broke up an on-target A.J. McCarron end zone strike. Marquis Maze was picked off by a sniper while performing an end-around, and soon it was Cade Foster time again.

After missing a 50-yarder and a 47-yarder, Foster saw his 49-yard effort blocked by Bennie Logan. Eric Reid recovered, and ... special teams, y'all.

LSU sent Jordan Jefferson out at quarterback in place of Lee.

For more on this game, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama RollLSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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LSU Vs. Alabama Game Update: Two Missed Tide Opportunities

LSU Tigers special teams did its job, with star punter (he really is!) Brad Wing pinning the Alabama Crimson Tide deep, but A.J. McCarron overcame the setback. The Bama QB soon found Marquis Maze for a 19-yarder to threaten Tigers territory, then Trent Richardson plunged ahead to mark the Tide's second midfield crossing already.

For live Alabama-LSU score updates and conversation, head right here.

Eddie Lacy, who'd been limpy for the past few weeks with turf toe, burst through the line for 20 yards, looking primed to score. After a five-yard substitution penalty, onrushing safety Eric Reid consumed Lacy in the backfield. Cade Foster was sent on to attempt a 50-yarder after missing a 49-yard attempt. This one also sailed right. And short.

LSU is winning special teams, I say.

For more on this game, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama RollLSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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LSU Vs. Alabama Score Updates: Tide, Tigers Cover Ground But Miss Scoreboard

The Alabama Crimson Tide got the ball first to begin the game of the [insert time period], but couldn't make anything of it despite some tough runs by Trent Richardson. The LSU Tigers allowed 43 yards before forcing a Cade Foster field goal, which missed to the right by about an elephant and a half.

For live Alabama-LSU score updates and conversation, head right here.

Jarrett Lee brought the Tigers to a third-and-inches near midfield, at which point Jordan Jefferson took the reins. With red-and-white pom poms whirling, Jefferson powered for the first down. The fortissimo Tuscaloosa crowd caused Lee to burn a time out, and Bama faithful claimed their first victory of the night.

A Don'ta Hightower blitz forced an overthrow, and I'll be danged if these defenses made it through two drives without giving up a point. Can you believe it?

For more on this game, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama RollLSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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LSU Vs. Alabama Attracts All Of The Bowl Games

Among the hundreds of credential requests for Saturday night's matchup between LSU and Alabama were the following two curious organizations.

271115_10150710796200002_790645001_19420325_7791243_n_normal The Pinstripe Bowl is on the credential list to "scout" this game. Ah, the majesty of the bowl system. @Andy_Staples via Twitter

The Pinstripe Bowl is a matchup of Big East and Big 12 teams. So it totally makes sense that a representative would be at LSU-Alabama to scout teams for a possible invitation.

And there's this one, which is kind of adorable.

271115_10150710796200002_790645001_19420325_7791243_n_normal RT @slmandel: The Gator Bowl -- with sixth choice of SEC teams -- also on hand to scout No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama. @Andy_Staples via Twitter

Maybe, just maybe, if catastrophe happens one of these two teams will fall all the way to sixth in the SEC. And just in case, the Gator Bowl is ready. Gotta get that scouting in!

The bowl system is so stupid.

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LSU Vs. Alabama: How To Pass On The Tigers (Or At Least Try)

LSU has about four No. 1 cornerbacks. How exactly does one go about attacking them? (Spoiler alert: they probably don't do it very well.)

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LSU Vs. Alabama Odds: Will The Winner Be A National Title Favorite?

LSU and Alabama face off in the most anticipated college football game of the year on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. Does the winner of that game become a National Title favorite? Odds say yes. All odds come courtesy of SB Nation's odds partners at OddsShark.com

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Alabama Vs. LSU Game 2011: Radio Schedule, Online Streaming Info

Can't get to a TV Saturday night? Here's a LSU-Alabama radio and online streaming guide.

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LSU Vs. Alabama Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And More

It's hard to argue that the much-anticipated showdown between the No. 1 LSU Tigers and the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide is the most-anticipated game of the year.

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LSU Vs. Alabama: How To Score On The Tide (Or At Least Try)

Alabama's defense has allowed just 10 scoring drives in eight games. Let's look at all 10.

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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.

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Alabama Vs. LSU Injury Report: Eddie Lacy Limping, Tigers Replenishing

The college football injury report is always a thing that needs to be constructed, rather than relayed. Here's the best I could put together based on what's out there about the Alabama Crimson Tide and LSU Tigers.

For LSU, both senior center P.J. Lonergan and defensive end Kendrick Adams are expected to return after each missing two games due to a left ankle injury. Both are starters, meaning both Tigers lines are whole, the OL for the first time since Mississippi State.

Backup Bama running back Eddie Lacy remains limpy while recovering from turf toe, but he is practicing. The Tide did get back offensive lineman Anthony Steen during last week's bye. He, along with Alfred McCullough, should be able to help patch up a Bama line that's had to think about depth as the season's gone on. Linebacker Alex Watkins, who broke his arm against Tennessee, won't be able to play, but he is practicing.

And just to catch you up in case you've missed these stories along the way: For the Tide, offensive linemen Cyrus Kouandjio and Arie Kouandjio are both out for the year, as are running back Dee Hart and linebacker Jonathan Atchison. LSU's been without starting guard Josh Dworaczyk for the season.

For more on the game of the century of the year, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll and LSU blog And The Valley Shook.

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Alabama Vs. LSU Odds, Pick: Tide Still Favored, But Trends Like Tigers

Alabama was favored over LSU by almost a touchdown. Could that spread wind up nearly halved by kickoff?

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Alabama Vs. LSU, The Historical: The Bear And The Chinese Bandits

The 1958 Alabama vs. LSU game was the first time the Crimson Tide were led by Paul W. Bryant on the sideline, as well as the unveiling of the Tiger's "Chinese Bandit" defense that would lead them to a National Championship.

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LSU Vs. Alabama: What Happens After No. 1 And No. 2 Meet?

The winner of LSU-Alabama will be your heavy national championship favorite. But if history is any indication, the narrative might have a few more twists and turns before a champion is crowned.

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College Football BlogPoll, Week 10: LSU, Alabama Will Meet As Top Two Teams

The top four teams remain the same in the Week 10 College Football BlogPoll, with LSU and Alabama set for a No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-up this Saturday.

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Alabama-LSU Tickets: 2011's Hottest College Football Item

SB Nation ticket partner TiqIQ says Saturday's Alabama-LSU game will be this season's most expensive to date.

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College Football TV Schedule, Week 10: Alabama-LSU And A Well-Stocked Undercard

No. 1 LSU plays No. 2 Alabama this week, the first such-ranked regular season matchup in five years. Perhaps you've heard. The rest of the college football schedule for Week 10 features various other teams playing various other games.

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Suspended LSU Football Players Mathieu, Ware, Simon Return To Practice

LSU seems like it will have its full complement of previously suspended players against Alabama on November 5. Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware, and Tharold Simon, all suspended for reportedly failing a drug test, returned to practice with the Tigers on Tuesday, and Les Miles is talking as if they will be eligible to play against the Crimson Tide.

"We're practicing, preparing them to play and operating along that way," Miles said. "We're going to plan on using them."

Mathieu was a Heisman Trophy candidate before his suspension and might still be, Ware is the team's leading rusher, and Simon is a strong defender. And yet LSU didn't seem to miss a beat without the three players against Auburn, defeating the Tigers in a 45-10 rout.

Things might have been different if they had been suspended for the match-up with Alabama that could be a de facto BCS National Championship Game play-in game, though.

For more on the Tigers, head to SB Nation's And The Valley Shook. For more on the Crimson Tider, head to SB Nation's Roll Bama Roll.

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LSU Vs. Alabama TV Schedule Changed Thanks To 'Trade' Between CBS, ESPN, Versus

LSU and Alabama will play under the lights in primetime on Nov. 5 thanks to a "trade" between CBS and ESPN that ended up involving Versus, somehow.

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Suspended LSU Football Players To Be Reinstated Tuesday, According To Report

LSU’s three suspended players are expected to be reinstated on Tuesday according to CBSSports.com.

Players Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware and Tharold Simon were said to only be allowed to play against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Nov. 5 if they get the all-clear from both LSU chancellor Michael Martin and athletic director Joe Alleva. Apparently, that is what's happening. 

The New Orleans Times-Picayune had reported previously  that the players would be suspended only one game. LSU did just fine without the trio against Auburn this past weekend, trouncing the defending national champs 45-10.

Mathieu has forced four fumbles, returning two of them for scores, and two interceptions while making 42 tackles. He has also recorded seven passes defended and five pass break-ups, while totaling 1 1/2 sacks.

Ware is LSU's leading rusher with 512 yards, and has accounted for seven touchdowns.

Simon has one interception and 29 tackles.

For more, visit LSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. For more college football, visit SB Nation's college football news hub.

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Suspended LSU Football Players Can Only Play Vs. Alabama With AD's, Chancellor's Permission

Louisiana State chancellor Michael Martin -- who's been continuing the LSU #realtalk tradition today -- told USA Today that suspended LSU Tigers players Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware and Tharold Simon will only be allowed to play against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Nov. 5 if they get the all-clear from both Martin and athletic director Joe Alleva. That's an extremely long sentence.

The three were suspended for last week's game against the Auburn Tigers, reportedly due to failing a test for synthetic marijuana. Here's Martin on the future of the trio:

"The athletic director will ultimately make the decision, (and) he'll consult with me," Martin said when asked about possible reinstatement. "Fortunately for them and the team, they have two weeks to get their act together because we have a bye week. They have been directed to some counseling, and they will now be subject to greater scrutiny for the remainder of their time at LSU."    

Few expect the Heisman-worthy Mathieu and his talented teammates to miss that prime time game between the two top teams in the country. Also not sure how much of a leaf one can turn over in only two weeks. But if specific conditions have been set for their return, every college football fan in the country should hope they can do it*.

* Spoiler alert: they will.

For more on the Tigers, head over to LSU blog And The Valley Shook.

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Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware Officially Suspended, Expected To Return For Alabama

Not that this is really a surprise to anyone after it's been reported for most of the week, but we now have official confirmation that the Honey Badger and a couple of his teammates will be absent from this week's contest against Auburn.

Les Miles saying officially Mathieu, Ware, Simon are out for this game and he expects them to be back next week. #lsu
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While Tyrann Mathieu has gotten a lot of the attention this week -- and rightly so, given his two interceptions and four forced fumbles -- Spencer Ware is also a pretty important piece of the LSU machine buzz-sawing its way through the SEC West. His 512 yards rushing easily leads the Bayou Bengals on the season, and his six touchdowns are tied for tops on the team.

As for the players' return -- next week, technically, is a bye week for the Tigers. And we're absolutely sure that the time frame for the punishment is not at all related to the pivotal clash with Alabama on Nov. 5.

For more on the Tigers, head over to LSU blog And The Valley Shook.

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Suspended LSU Players Will Return For Alabama Game, According To Report

College football fans have been eyeing the November 5 matchup between LSU and Alabama since the Tigers beat the Oregon Ducks in the first week of the season, kicking off their run to the top of the rankings. The announced suspensions this week of three key players--Spencer Ware, Tharold Simon and Heisman-candidate Tyrann Mathieu--for a failed drug test raised concerns among the LSU faithful that the players would not be available for the game against the Crimson Tide. According to a report from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the three players will be available for the Alabama game, in what should be a clash of No. 1 vs. No. 2. 

Head coach Les Miles declined to comment when asked for details of the suspension during his press conference Wednesday. Multiple anonymous sources confirmed with the Times-Picayune that the suspensions, which had initially been reported as "indefinite," would not last past the Tigers' bye week following this Saturday's game against No. 19 Auburn, however.  

Ware currently leads the team in rushing, with 512 yards and six touchdowns on the year. Mathieu has been arguably the most dominant cornerback in the country this season, and could become the first defensive player to take home the Heisman since Charles Woodson in 1997.

For more, visit LSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. For more college football, visit SB Nation's college football news hub.

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Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware Suspensions Could End Before Alabama Game, According To Report

Though LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles has yet to confirm whether stars Tyrann Mathieu and Spencer Ware, along with contributor Tharold Simon, have been suspended over synthetic marijuana use, reports flag the suspensions with the dreaded indefinitely tag. Mark Schlabach reports the players have certain "requirements" to meet in order to get back on the field.

And meet them they shall, or at least two of the three will, since LSU's next game after their home stand against the Auburn Tigers is a trip to play the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. A bye week separates the two games, so surely lessons can be learned in all that time off.

Of course, LSU fans had better hope this was the first drug-related suspension for the three. As CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy shares, a second failed test would mean an automatic, school-mandated two-game suspension. But wouldn't we have known about the hypothetical first failed test? Nope -- LSU athletic programs can handle one-time whoopsies on their own without suspensions.

For more, visit LSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. For more college football, visit SB Nation's college football news hub.

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