LSU vs. Alabama: 5 Best Matchups Over the Last 25 Years

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2012

LSU vs. Alabama: 5 Best Matchups Over the Last 25 Years

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    Alabama leads their series with the LSU Tigers 13-12 over the last 25 years. They also lead the all-time series 47-25-5.

    The Tide have been dominant historically over the Tigers, but LSU has snatched seven of the last nine matchups from the hands of Alabama, including this season's 9-6 victory.

    LSU's hopes to raise that total to eight victories in tonight's BCS National Championship game. College football fans hope the game will add to the long line of wonderful matchups between these two college football powerhouses.

    Here are the five best matchups between LSU and Alabama over the last 25 years.

1988: LSU 19, Alabama 18

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    The No. 18 Tigers traveled to Tuscaloosa in 1988 to face the No. 13 Crimson Tide. This game was highly anticipated because of its SEC implications.

    LSU faced an early 15-point deficit, but quarterback Tommy Hodson rallied his Tiger team for 16 straight points.

    Alabama kicker Phil Doyle gave the Tide their lead back, but Tony Moss caught a big pass from Hodson to set up a David Browndyke field goal.

    The Tigers took a 19-18 lead with 28 seconds left, and Doyle missed a 54-yard field goal as time expired to preserve the Tiger victory.

2007: LSU 41, Alabama 37

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    Alabama and LSU faced off with the SEC West's top spot on the line in 2007. This Tigers team was stacked and wound up winning the national championship.

    They would win this game en route to that national title run. The Tigers jumped to a 17-3 lead, but the Tide would rally to make it 20-17 by the half.

    A 24-24 score would change with a Javier Arenas punt return touchdown, but that did not stand for long either.

    Matt Flynn hooked up with Early Doucet to tie the game at 31, and Jacob Hester capitalized on a John Parker Wilson fumble with a one-yard touchdown run late in the game.

2005: LSU 16, Alabama 13

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    The 2005 matchup pitted No. 4 Alabama against No. 5 LSU.

    This game would prove to be a defensive battle. Alabama grabbed a 10-point lead out of the gate before LSU tied the game in the third quarter.

    The game would head to overtime knotted at 10-10. In overtime, JaMarcus Russell hit Dwayne Bowe for an 11-yard game-winning touchdown.

    LSU went on to win the SEC West title following their big comeback victory over the Tide.

2010: LSU 24, Alabama 21

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    No. 6 Alabama left home and traveled to Tiger Stadium in 2010 to face the No. 10 LSU Tigers.

    This game is remembered for Les Miles' trickery late in the game.

    The Tigers faced a 14-13 deficit late in the game. Miles chose to run a reverse instead of kicking the field goal, and would go on to score a touchdown later in the drive.

    This added to Les Miles' "Mad Hatter" moniker.

    The Tide would charge back and cut the lead to four, but Jarrett Lee would end the game with a long completion to Rueben Randle.

    The Tigers squeaked out a narrow victory over a better Alabama team.

1993: LSU 17, Alabama 13

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    The 1993 LSU vs. Alabama matchup provided the most shocking outcome. The Tigers entered Tuscaloosa with a 2-5 record and were considered 25-point underdogs.

    LSU jumped to a 14-0 lead early on. The Tide cut the lead to 17-13 late in the game and attempted an onside kick.

    The onside kick was not successful, and the Tigers pulled off the shocking upset in Tuscaloosa.

    The Tiger defense overachieved and salvaged an otherwise forgettable Tiger season.