One of only three programs have represented the West in the SEC Championship Game since 2007. Alabama accounts for the majority of those appearances (2008, 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2015), with LSU denying the Nick Saban-coached Crimson Tide one of the three times they missed since the run started in his second year.
Of course, Alabama got its revenge in that season’s BCS Championship Game.
Such is the dynamic between Alabama and LSU. The Tigers come close, as was the case in the last two meetings in Baton Rouge: a four-point Tide win on a final-minute drive in 2012, and seven points in a 2014 overtime.
The series returns to LSU this year, and serves as the centerpiece for a schedule plenty believe sets up the Bayou Bengals for a return to the SEC Championship Game. With the most veteran starting lineup in the SEC — nine returners on both offense and defense — including one of the nation’s most explosive players, Leonard Fournette, the lofty expectations fit.
Another returning starter is quarterback Brandon Harris, who absolutely must step up if LSU is indeed to contend for a conference title. Inconsistent quarterback play last season rendered the Tigers one-dimensional, which manifested with a trying final month — a month that started with a blowout loss at Alabama.