BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- Alabama is not eligible for the Southeastern Conference title due to NCAA probation, but the Crimson Tide still have a lot on the line.
Alabama can take a big step toward winning the SEC West title on the field Saturday when it visits Louisiana State in a showdown for first place.
The Crimson Tide (8-2, 5-1) have won four in a row to climb to 10th in the media poll. They are not eligible for the coaches' poll.
Alabama posted a 28-14 victory over Mississippi State last week and has a one-half game lead over LSU, which used Marcus Randall's 75-yard "Hail Mary" pass to Devery Henderson on the final play of the game to shock Kentucky, 33-30.
While Alabama cannot play in the SEC title game, it may have a say in who does. Next week, the Crimson Tide take on Auburn, another SEC West contender, in its final conference contest.
If Alabama finishes first, the second-place team will represent the SEC West in the December 7 championship game in Atlanta. Should the Crimson Tide beat the Tigers, every eligible team in the division will have at least two losses.
LSU (7-2, 4-1) rebounded from a lopsided loss at Auburn with a miraculous win at Kentucky. The Wildcats thought they had the victory, dousing coach Guy Morriss with Gatorade. Some Kentucky fans even stormed the field at Commonwealth Stadium while the last play was under way, but it turned out to be a premature celebration.
In the wildest ending to a game this season, Randall heaved the ball as far as he could. It deflected off two Kentucky defenders into the hands of Henderson, who raced the final 15 yards into the end zone, completing the "Bluegrass Miracle."
It marked the first time LSU won on the final play since beating Mississippi, 17-16, in 1972.
Saturday's contest could be a low-scoring affair as LSU ranks first nationally in total defense and Alabama third. LSU is 5-0 at Tiger Stadium this year and puts an eight-game home winning streak on the line.
Alabama leads the all-time series, 42-18-5, but the Tigers are looking to win three in a row over the Crimson Tide for the first time.
LSU posted a 35-21 victory last season as Rohan Davey set school records for completions (35) and passing yards (528) while tying Archie Manning's SEC mark for total offense (540).