Tide turned: Former LSU player predicts 'a lot more wins' for Tigers over Alabama
In sports, no streak lasts forever.
In the LSU-Alabama rivalry, the Tigers won the “Game of the Century” regular-season showdown in 2011 only to then lose the next eight games (BCS rematch; 2012-18 regular-season meetings). On Nov. 9, 2019, the streak was snapped with the eventual national champions beating the Crimson Tide 46-41 in Tuscaloosa.
At last week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the 2020 NFL Draft class was often asked about the more memorable games and plays from the 2019 season. When Rashard Lawrence was asked about the future of the Tigers-Tide rivalry, he shared a bold prediction.
“We’re not used to beating ‘Bama the last 7 or 8 years,” Lawrence told reporters, per Mike Rodak of AL.com. “So to get that back going, I think you’ll see a lot more wins for LSU over Bama.”
LSU’s longest win streak over the Crimson Tide is five games (2003-07). Everyone on both sides of the rivalry is sure to circle Nov. 7 on this year’s calendar, when the rivalry renews in Death Valley. The last home win for LSU over Alabama came in the 2010 season, a 24-21 win for the Les Miles-coached Tigers.
Lawrence was just one of 16 former Tigers participating in the Combine. He’s confident LSU can reload.
“I think LSU is gonna be fine next year,” Lawrence said. “We have talent off the charts. Coach O, he loves to recruit and he loves to bring in the best coaches across America. They’ll be fine. There will be a little bit of [a difference] but guys will take over in leadership roles and step up.”
More thoughts from many of Lawrence’s teammates on the Tigers in 2020 can be found in Rodak’s article.