No. 5 Louisiana State hosts top-ranked Alabama on Saturday in a rematch of last season's BCS National Championship Game.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Louisiana State will be seeking redemption in the latest colossal clash with fellow Southeastern Conference powerhouse Alabama.

The No. 5 Tigers (7-1) host top-ranked Alabama (8-0) Saturday in a rematch of last season’s BCS National Championship Game, which the Crimson Tide won 21-0.

“There are a lot of scars from that national-championship game,” LSU defensive tackle Bennie Logan said. “You will see it on the field. The loss in the national-championship game had a big impact on us.”

When the teams met in November, top-ranked LSU beat No. 2 Alabama 9-6 in overtime and gave CBS its highest TV rating for a regular-season college game since Notre Dame lost 27-10 at Miami in November 1989.

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In a matchup of unbeatens Saturday, Alabama routed Mississippi State 38-7.

“I watched every snap of the Alabama-Mississippi State game Saturday,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “It looked just as bad on the coach’s (video) copy. That Alabama team is pretty good.

“They look like the number-one team in the country.”

Montana suspends

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MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana offensive tackle Trevor Poole was arrested on a felony drug charge over the weekend after a drug task-force officer reported seeing him exchange cash for a plastic baggie at a party.

When officers approached Poole, according to court records, the 20-year-old sophomore from Ferris High School in Spokane told them he had two “molly” pills in his pocket he had purchased that night. “Molly” is the street name for a form of the drug ecstasy.

Poole, charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs, was released on his own recognizance and has been suspended indefinitely.

Meanwhile, three other Montana players — also graduates of high schools in Washington — were suspended for Saturday’s game at Weber State for violating team rules.

Junior linebacker John Kanongata’a of Bellevue, freshman linebacker Nick Holt from Seattle Prep and center Kjelby Oiland from Ferris High were suspended for reasons that do not involve law enforcement, coach Mick Delaney said.

Kanongata’a is third on the team in tackles, with 64. Holt is the son of ex-Washington Huskies defensive coordinator Nick Holt, who was fired after last season.


• More than 1,000 people gathered at South Carolina to wish injured running back Marcus Lattimore a quick recovery and a happy 21st birthday. Lattimore suffered serious leg injuries in Saturday’s 38-35 victory over Tennessee and some have speculated his career is over.

“The message he gave me was, ‘I’ll be back,’ ” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. “So he’s coming back.”

Cody Vaz will start at quarterback for No. 13 Oregon State in Saturday’s home game against Arizona State, coach Mike Riley said.

• Wisconsin QB Joel Stave is out for the season because of a broken collarbone.

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