The Top 25 players in LSU-Alabama matchup

The stage is set for arguably the biggest regular-season game in recent memory and the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide have no shortage of top-notch players. Hitting the PFF database and looking at a player's impact toward his team's success, we rank the top 25 players in the LSU-Alabama matchup and where they stand as college football players, right now.

1. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

This one is relatively easy: Find the highest-graded player regardless of position from either team, see he happens to play the most important position in all of team sports, write down Joe Burrow's name at the top. Broadway Jeaux has been unstoppable all season long for the Bayou Bengals and has his team poised to contend for the SEC West throne. He's the nation's highest-graded quarterback on passes targeted at least 10 yards downfield through 10 weeks and has completed at least 71.1% of his passes in every contest this year.

2. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

The impact of Tagovailoa, who has had two weeks off to rest his ankle, cannot be overstated and he'll go toe-to-toe with the best quarterback he's had to face all year, and possibly in his college career. Tagovailoa is the country's leader in passer rating from a clean pocket for the second consecutive season, fielding the nation's top mark in touchdowns (23) and interceptions (0) in that regard. He can dice up secondaries at will when kept clean but is no slouch when pressured.