Alabama Football: Five Bold Predictions for Crimson Tide in November

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BATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 20: Blake Furguson #48 of the LSU Tigers reacts during the second half against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Death Valley is Alabama’s second home

Alabama will march into Death Valley and crucify LSU. The Tigers will start out running the ball attempting to establish the line of scrimmage plus maintain ball control to keep Bama’s explosive offense off the field. Alabama will drop two quick scores in the first quarter, and the Tigers will ease away from running the ball.

The most passes attempted by Joe Burrow this season is 34 (twice) against Auburn and Florida. Granted, both of these games were on the road. LSU does not want to put the ball in Burrow’s hands to win. Not an offensive savant like Tua, the quarterback has only passed for six touchdowns. Affixed to his title should read game manager.

Expect for highly acclaimed defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to confuse the Tide by mixing up the coverages at the beginning of the game. The difference maker in the game is tight end Irv Smith’s knack to force the inside linebackers (Devin White and Jacob Phillips) to cover him in the open field. Greedy Williams, Kristian Fulton and Grant Delpit will limit the Alabama receivers some, but if the defensive line is not applying pressure on Tua, it will be a long night.

Alabama 45 – LSU 17