HOTARD: What the numbers say about Tide, Tigers

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - LSU faces Alabama on Saturday night in college football’s latest “Game of the Century.” Some numbers to ponder as you count the hours to kickoff:

32.5 - Average margin of victory for Alabama en route to an 8-0 start. None of the games has been closer than 16 points.

27.8 - Average margin of victory for LSU en route to an 8-0 start. None of the games has been closer than 13 points.

6.3 - Average margin of victory for the winner of the LSU-Alabama game since Nick Saban arrived at Alabama in 2007. That includes a 27-21 overtime win by the Crimson Tide in 2008.

1 - Times the winner of the LSU-Alabama game since 2007 has had the lead at the start of the fourth quarter.

44 - Starts that LSU seniors Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson, combined, have made at quarterback in their college careers.

8 - Starts Alabama sophomore A.J. McCarron has made.

0 - Number of teams that have won a BCS championship with a freshman or sophomore as the primary quarterback. The first 13 champions under the BCS format have all had either a junior or senior behind center, save for a Tim Tebow-like change-of-pace option.

85 - Face value, in dollars, of a ticket to Saturday night’s game.

806 - Listed price, in dollars, on StubHub for one 50-yard line seat in Lower Level G.

600 - Number of media credentials Alabama officials expected to approve for Saturday’s game. The school usually grants about 350 for a Crimson Tide home game.

99 - Cost, in dollars, for one room Thursday night at the Fairfield Inn in Tuscaloosa.

299 - Cost, in dollars, for one room Friday night at the same hotel, with a two-night minimum.

12 - Consecutive wins by Saban, as a college coach, in games against teams that won the previous meeting. The average margin of victory by Saban’s teams in those rematches is 14.7 points.

16 - Victories by Miles, in 19 tries, when his LSU teams have two or more weeks to prepare. The Tigers have won four of their past five coming off an open date.

25 - Home wins by Alabama since the start of the 2008 season. The Crimson Tide has only lost once at home during that same stretch.

6 - Consecutive 100-yard rushing games by Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson earlier this season, matching Shaun Alexander’s school record.

0 - Opposing running backs who have reached 100 yards rushing vs. LSU’s defense.

1 - Number of voters in the AP poll, out of 58, who do not believe the nation’s best team is playing in Saturday’s game. Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News has Boise State at No. 1 in his poll; 47 voters have LSU in the top spot and the other 10 have Alabama.