MIAMI — Alabama’s offense could be up against the same defense it faced in 2014 and 2015 when it went undefeated in the SEC.
But the Tigers are not far behind, winning five of their last six games, and they will not be going without a Heisman Trophy winner this year.
The Crimson Tide is No. 1 in the AP poll, which will be announced Saturday night, and the team has won five straight games, all by double digits.
In all, it has won 21 of its last 22 games, including a 13-0 run against LSU in the national championship game.
“We’re in great shape right now,” quarterback Jalen Hurts said.
“I mean, we know that we have a very good offense.
It’s been built for us and it’s a very talented offense.
And we’re going to continue to build on that and hopefully have some good wins on the road and we’ll go from there.”
LSU’s defense will be a different story.
The Tigers have allowed only 22.9 points per game and have allowed more than 200 rushing yards in four of their past five games.
But LSU has been dominant in its last two contests, including knocking off the No. 8 Tigers in overtime on Saturday and forcing a late fumble recovery in the Tigers’ 31-27 victory over Miami in the opener.
The result was a fourth straight victory for the Tigers, who won for the fourth time in five games and moved past Miami for the first time in program history.
Hurts threw for 295 yards and a touchdown in that win.
“It was just about making plays,” Hurts, who threw for 2,835 yards and 20 touchdowns during his Heisman campaign, said.
LSU has won 11 of its past 12 against Florida State and Tennessee.
The Seminoles were 0-2 when Hurts started, while the Volunteers have won three of the past four.
The Titans won their first five games in the season series, going 11-1 and taking three of four from the Tide.
That streak ended when Hurt was injured against the Tigers.
Tennessee’s offense has also been a revelation.
The Volunteers have scored at least 20 points in four straight games.
They also have had their backs against the wall against the Alabama defense, allowing an average of 27.3 points per contest and averaging 17.3 yards per play.
They have had a bye this season.