LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark misses the pass as Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -
For the first time this season, Alabama played without being ranked as the nation’s top team.
We’ll have to wait until Tuesday to see if the No. 2 Crimson Tide did enough to impress the College Football Playoff Selection Committee in their 24-10 win over No. 19 LSU Saturday night in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The Tide (9-0) never trailed but they didn’t put on the offensive showcase we’ve seen from them so many times this year.
Bama finished 5-14 on third down, was outrushed 151-116, outgained in overall yards 306-299 and lost the time of possession battle 34:07-25:53
Quarterback Jalen Hurts scored twice. He ran across the goal line from three yards out and connected with Irv Smith, Jr. on a gain of four.
Hurts led Bama in rushing with 44 yards on 14 carries. He also earned 183 yards on 11-of-24 passing.
Bo Scarbrough earned Bama’s other touchdown with a nine-yard run in the second quarter.
Even so, the Tide’s stellar defense didn’t disappoint and found ways to keep the tigers out of the end zone except for
The win gives Bama its seventh straight over the Tigers and moves the lopsided all-time series even further in the Tide’s favor at 52-25-5.
Bama will play No. 16 Mississippi State in Starkville on Nov. 11.