“I know what it takes to win. If I can sell them on what it takes to win, then we are not going to lose too many football games.” - Coach Paul Bryant and I can see Coach Nick Saban agreeing completely.
For those of us that remember the Coach Bryant years we consider LSU a rivalry. Bryant vs McClendon
LSU vs Bama was a big series in the early 1970s when both teams were ranked near the top of the polls for several years. LSU had future all-pro Burt Jones at QB and the games determined the winner of the SEC and right to play for a National Title. It was one of the few games that would be televised nationally. I lived in Boston from 1971-1973 and it was the Bama game that was televised nationally each year. The game made the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1972.
I am glad to see it regaining its status of rivalry game for the entire nation.
It didn't help matters that they had just told the world that Les was their man,
that Les was better than Saban...
When Coach Saban decided to re-enter college football, we made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
LSU was jealous.
LSU hated Coach Saban for coming to Alabama. They hate us for hiring him...
That's a growing part of our rivalry with LSU.
The line between love and hate is pretty thin in Cajun Country.
That's my take from talking to folks in Bayou Country.
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IMO, we are LSU's biggest rival, but they are #3 on our list behind the Barn and UT. LSU wants to be our biggest rival, but they just aren't. That isn't to say things can't change, but it will be a long time before I hate LSU worse than the Barn or UT.
Young folks today probably have a tough time with the fact back then (sixties and early seventies) there was only one game nationally televised each week. No cable/ESPN, etc. It was nearly always the biggest rivalries that were shown.
On Sunday there was a network (ABC?) recap of the biggest games otherwise you just didn't see the teams play.
Ask me about my vow of silence.
It seems LSU fans hate Coach Saban with the same level of hate that Auburn and Tennessee hate the Alabama program. Hating the HC is does not elevate the series to rival hate.
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To me, they're a rival because they're in the west; they're a heated rival because it's the one game that is always (so it seems) a last possession type of game. That said, to me it's also a rival without the disdain I reserve for all things pumpkin and TSDTR.
Rest In Peace, Little Buddy. Pawpaw Loves you.
SEC rivalries go back a long way.
The one with LSU started in 1895.
It's as old as the games with UGA, Ole Miss, Miss St, etc.
The rivalry with Auburn didn't resume until 1948.
I vaguely remember grown-ups saying we've got to beat AU because "they're just getting too big for their britches down there."
That was probably around 1962 or 1963.