Saturday’s match-up between #1 LSU and #2 Alabama is the biggest college football game in a long time.1 vs. 2 games happen just a handful of times a decade, so this one’s a can’t-miss.
Odds are you haven’t been paying attention or haven’t seen much of either of these teams.
So we have everything you need to know about what should be a close, defensive struggle on Saturday night.
LSU was rolling along with Jarrett Lee at QB.
But then the preseason starter Jordan Jefferson came back from suspension, and now Les Miles has a bit of a juggling act on his hands.
The duo has done well in the last few weeks, with Lee primarily the thrower and Jefferson the change-of-pace runner.
But we'll see if the fragile dynamic between the two will hold under pressure at Bama.
Like Greg McIlroy before him, A.J. McCarron is more a game-manager than a game-changer.
His job is to hand it off to Trent Richardson, protect the ball, and occasional throw a play-action bomb.
He's yet to be in a position where he has to make a play.
We just have no idea if we can lead a team down the field for a game-tying touchdown in the final minutes in the way that Andrew Luck, for example, can.
Trent Richardson has been a monster this year.
He's scored 17 touchdowns and rushed for almost 1,000 yards.
He can bust a long run, but can also come through in short yardage situations.
Sophomore corner Tyrann Mathieu's nickname is 'Honey Badger' and he's a turnover machine.
He has two picks and two forced fumbles for TDs this season.
He got suspended for a game for testing positive for synethic marijuana two week sago, but he still has a legit chance to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy a few months from now.
These teams are ranked #1 and #2 in points allowed per game. Their also both in the top-5 in yards allowed per game.
So expect hits. Expect some turnovers. But don't expect a whole lot of offensive output.
No one has a better resume than LSU.
They've beaten Oregon, West Virgina, Florida, and Auburn. And only two of those games came at home.
Even more impressively, their closest game was a 13-pointer against Oregon.
Bama's closest game was a 16-point win at Penn State.
They've also beaten Arkansas and Florida in dominating fashion.
Not as impressive as LSU, but you definitely couldn't call their schedule soft.
This is probably the biggest reason to like Bama in this game.
Bryant-Denny Stadium is incredibly difficult to play in. And moving the start time to 8 p.m. will only make it that much tougher for LSU.
Despite the fact that LSU is ranked No. 1, Alabama is the favourite in this game.
People like Nick Saban-coached teams playing at home coming off a bye, and the wise guys are hammering the Crimson Tide.
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