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The LSU-Alabama game is still huge even if it's not the "Game of the Century."
   The top-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 10 LSU are gearing up for a prime-time Southeastern Conference matchup Saturday night. It might even be a must-win in Alabama's bid for a third consecutive national championship.
   Maybe.  The SEC's unprecedented run of seven consecutive national championships could be on the line this weekend.  Alabama is the SEC's last unbeaten team and the Tide might not get another shot at the big game if they don't stay unbeaten.
   Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) has overcome down-to-the-wire November defeats the past two seasons -- to Texas A&M and the Tigers -- and still managed to claim the title, thanks to timely losses by other contenders.
   Now, four other unbeaten teams are lined up just waiting for the Tide to falter.
   Quarterback AJ McCarron figures one loss is "probably not" going to be good enough. But he's focusing on "what we need to do to take care of business." LSU head coach Les Miles says the greatest compliment his team can give an opponent is to give its best effort. Alabama can expect to get exactly that Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.

 

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