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A game of 2 great teams and 2 great coaches. I'am from Baton Rouge and we have been fortunate to have both of these 2 great coaches here at LSU. Saban is a no nonsense coach who thinks football 24/7. Miles is a happy go lucky coach who will do anything to win. My opinion is that Miles is a players coach and Saban is a tough love coach. Now onto the game -Bama is a 5pt favorite at Alabama. The over and under is 41. LSU won last year here in Baton Rouge. LSU has one of the best defenses that I have ever seen. A def. line that is fast with at least 10 different lineman that could start for any team in the country. Our Def backs are at least 9 deep and are just as good or equal to the lineman. The Tigers LB are average.
Offense - good young WR and a very good line. RB are 4 deep. The Tigers QB's are their weakness. LSU can not beat Bama with Lee at QB for this game. They will need to have Jefferson play more than he has played so far this season. Also the Tigers punter is one of the best that I have ever seen in college FB.
Alabama is a very tough team. I have seen them on tv 4 or 5 times this year. I have said all along this would be the game of the year. I have been watching Richardson play since he was a freshman and still say he will be a better pro player than Ingram.
I hope that some of you guys that are close with Bama will make a POST about them on BTB.
Both teams are 2nd half teams. Should be one of the GREATEST games ever in college football.
As far as wagering goes I think and will bet a 2nd half over play. I really think 5pts is to many points to give either one of these 2 teams. I don't care where they are playing at. So I will take LSU plus the 5 for the game. Good luck all
I share many of those thoughts Boogyman! As I have stated numerous times I like and have followed Bama as for years as well as my beloved Tigers. Most know I am a transplanted ARK razorback and therefore I all but bleed SEC. I hope you are correct in predicting an LSU win. My heart sure wants to agree with you but my brain is not do sure.
I am just shocked at how many people are taking over. I know past history of this series looks like an over, but I just love both of these defenses. I think some of these guys could play in the nfl right now. I am on the under and taking the points with LSU. LSU always shows up in these prime time games. LSU 17-14.
LSU's toughest test will be trying to stop Trent Richardson, who has rushed for nearly 1000 yards, 7 ypc and 17 TDs. While both of these teams average 39 ppg, the total is set rather low at 42 given the success of their defenses. Alabama holds a slight statistical edge on both sides of the ball, and I think the quarterback play for both teams will be crucial As good as my defensive line and linebackers have been, I'm still going to cheat my safeties up close to the line and make these quarterbacks show that they can throw the ball under pressure. Make these receivers show that they can get away from man coverage.
Jarrett Lee is completing 72% of his passes on first-and-10, and A.J. McCarron is completing close to 70%. Both of these guys need to be put in a position to succeed, and I think that throwing on first-and-10 is very important to do, because if you hit 'em and even if you don't, it's going to remind those safeties that you're not afraid to do that, and it can open up some things back in the running game. LSU operates on a dual threat system. Lee has managed to get his interceptions under control, and what's more, he's actually developed into a rather reliable pocket passer. He's completing an impressive 63.2 percent of his passes, having thrown 13 TDs and just one interception so far this season. Then, there is fellow senior Jordan Jefferson, who has become an effective second option since returning from suspension in late September. Jefferson doesn’t have the pocket presence Lee has, but he is a remarkably gifted runner and fantastic change of pace for the Tiger offense. However, with the speed of the Alabama defense, I would expect Jefferson will have limited opportunities to run, pushing head coach Les Miles to lean primarily on Lee.
Perhaps the scariest part of the Tide running game though is Eddie Lacy backing Richardson up. Almost anywhere else, Lacy would be starting right now. A true interior runner who rests Richardson just enough to keep him fresh, his efforts have the two running backs combining to rush for a robust 1,454 yards and 22 touchdowns this season. Alabama is absolutely loaded on defense, with not only elite talent, but also experience. The Tide start 10 upperclassmen and lead the nation in rushing defense (44.8 yards per game), pass efficiency, and both total and scoring defense (6.9 points). Much of that can be attributed to its duo of cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and DeQuan Menzie, both likely Thorpe Award finalists who can change a game single-handedly. In front of them are linebackers Dont'a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw, two guys that look like seasoned NFL pros. Hightower and Upshaw are really big and shockingly fast from end-to-end. They both excel in stopping the run and are versatile enough to line up on the edge when needed. And then there is Mark Barron, a two-time All-American safety who ranks second on the team with 40 tackles. At 6'2," 218 lbs, Barron has the size to support the run and dexterity to halt passing attacks. A near-certain future starter in the NFL, his presence alone makes the Crimson Tide defense that much better. With all of these weapons this year, Alabama has simply worn down opponents by the second half, outscoring them 176-22 after the break.
Nick Saban has the confidence and inspirational abilities that rub off on his players, and he is unable to get rattled, even in the most pressured scenarios. That is what separates him from every other coach in the game and what makes his teams consistently the best in football. I don't read much into the inexperience factor with McCarron, because the matchup is so closely contested athletically and competitively on the field.
Alabama -5 and over 42.
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All the talk in this game is about the defense of each team and it should be about that. You have 2 stout run defenses and talent on both sides of the ball. The key to this game is which team has the better offensive line. This has not been mentioned on TV, by analysts or in this thread. Everyone is talking about running backs, QB's, defense.....what about the O-line? Whomever can protect the QB, give them that extra .3 seconds to throw the ball or open up a lane for the running back will win. I don't know enough about the o-lines to give my opinion on which is better, but I do know which team will win..............the one with the better 0-line.