Undefeated Alabama ushers in 7-2 LSU on Saturday night in a prime time game on CBS. Both Les Miles and Nick Saban have had two weeks to prepare for this match up, and fans and players alike have had this game circled for months.
For LSU, it’s a chance to redeem themselves from an embarrassing 21-0 loss in the 2011 BCS National Championship game, in which they never crossed midfield, and it’s also a chance to return the favor after leading for most of last years game before AJ McCarron hit T.J. Yeldon with a screen pass with under a minute left to win it. For Alabama, it’s a chance for redemption for an OT loss two years ago in Tuscaloosa, and moves the Tide one game closer to a third straight BCS Championship game.
Since 2006, only once has either team won the Alabama/LSU game by more than 10 points. Does Alabama win by more than 10 points or will LSU spring an upset and win/win by 10+?
For the first time in years, there is a clear separation between the Alabama and LSU defenses. LSU is certainly no slouch on defense, but Alabama has scored one point more per game while giving up 10 less. I don’t think it will be a field goal-fest like in the past, but Alabama will pull away in the end. Alabama by 10+
Alabama has gone two games in a row with at least two running backs having over 100 total yards of offense. Will they make it three straight this week, or will LSU clamp down on the Crimson Tide backs?
I think it’s very possible that one of the backs hits 100 yards of offense, and the second may get close, but I don’t think both of them will reach 100 yards total.
Jeremy Hill has rushed for over 100 yards in five of his eight games this season. In both of the conference games in which he had under 100 yards, LSU lost. Does Jeremy Hill reach the 100 yard mark on the day? Does LSU reach the 200 yards rushing they average per game?
I don’t believe Jeremy Hill will reach 100 yards rushing on the day. Alabama will take their chances making Mettenberger be the hero, and bottling up the run will force him to make plays. If LSU reaches 200 yards rushing, it likely means an LSU win so I don’t see them getting more than 150 rushing yards on the day.
Who will shine defensively for the Crimson Tide?
CJ Moseley. He’s a senior, and has had 16 tackles, two sacks, and an interception against the LSU Tigers in his career. What better way to go out than with another huge performance against a Top 15 LSU team.
Alabama 31- 14 LSU