Alabama Football vs. LSU
Take it from me, nothing is as much fun in college football as when the Crimson Tide tops the Bengal Tigers, at night, in Baton Rouge. For the pugnacious among us, more than a few LSU fans will be willing to engage. Some of them will want to come at you. Others will want to fight on your side. It is that crazy at Tiger Stadium.
Bo Pelini’s defense has talent but so far, has not produced. Until the South Carolina game, the offense had also struggled on third-down. QB T. J. Finley, subbing for an injured Myles Brennan may be the solution. Against the Gamecocks, LSU was 8-for-10 on third downs.
Maybe with a more efficient offense and the Crimson Tide coming to town, the game might turn into a bit of a shootout. LSU might have enough new firepower to stay within reach for three quarters, but not to the end. The Crimson Tide has a 73.8 percent winning record for games in Baton Rouge.
Alabama Crimson Tide wins again in Baton Rouge.
Alabama Football vs. Kentucky
Earlier in the season, I predicted the Wildcats would be a tougher opponent than the Bengal Tigers. I expected LSU to fade because of the departures of Dave Aranda and Joe Brady. I also expected Kentucky to correct offensive deficiencies from last season.
The Cats are somewhat better on offense with the SEC’s No. 2 rushing offense. Some of which is negated with the No. 13 passing attack in the SEC. Mark Stoops may move former Auburn QB, Joey Gatewood, ahead of Terry Wilson. Gatewood might improve the Cats’ passing attack. Kentucky is pretty good defensively. In the SEC, the Cats are No. 2 defending the pass.
But, even hailing from thoroughbred country, Mark Stoops does not have the horses.
Alabama Crimson Tide wins.