Three things to watch

1 SO MUCH IN COMMON: LSU and Alabama have two opponents in common thus far (Florida and Tennessee), and the comparative scores tell the same story as the rest of these teams’ schedules: Nobody has threatened the top two teams in the country. The Crimson Tide whipped the Gators 38-10 in Gainesville, Fla., on Oct. 1, knocking their quarterback, John Brantley, out of that game and for the one in Tiger Stadium the following week. The Tigers put a similar whipping on Florida, prevailing 41-11. The following week, LSU went into Knoxville, Tenn., and put away Tennessee 38-7 a week before the Vols suffered a similar fate in Tuscaloosa, Ala., falling to the Tide 37-6.

2 NO NAIL-BITING: Neither team has played a game in which the outcome was in doubt down the stretch. Chances are, that will change in this game. LSU has won every game by at least 13 points, and Alabama has won every game by at least 16. The Tigers’ most dramatic game was a 19-6 victory Sept. 15 at Mississippi State as they led 9-6 early in the fourth quarter before Jarrett Lee’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle gave them some breathing room on their way to the triumph. The Tide’s most dramatic game, if one can call it that, came when they entered the fourth quarter at Florida with a 24-10 lead on their way to a 38-10 victory Oct. 1.

3 SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE SEC: LSU is playing a Southeastern Conference game on a Saturday night for the first time all season, but it’s not in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers won’t play a conference home game in their preferred 7 p.m. time slot this season, so this will have to do. For what it’s worth, LSU has won 16 consecutive night games, including its last six on the road.

Les East