By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports!
For the past several years this game has been one of the most looked forward too games in all of college football. Battle of the SEC giants! .... LSU vs. Alabama... Always lands in the PRIME prime time slot on CBS.
Alabama leads the series overall 53-26-5... However, from 2000 to 2011 the Tigers would begin to dominate the series winning nine times in twelve years. From 2000 to 2004, LSU head coach Nick Saban would go 4-1 against the Crimson Tide. After Little Nicky would depart Tigerland for the NFL, Les Miles would have early success against Bama, with victories in 2005 and 2006. Then the series became a heated rivalry in 2007, as former LSU head coach Nick Saban would flop in the NFL and limp back to the college football landscape taking the head man spot in Tuscaloosa. The Mad Hatter and the Tigers would go 3-2 against Saban and the Tide from 2007 (LSU National Championship Season) to the 2011 regular season. The 2011 contest in Tuscaloosa was labeled the "Game of the Century" ... Both teams were undefeated as #2 Bama would host #1 LSU in a classic defensive battle that would end in a 9-6 LSU victory. Both teams would draw a rematch in New Orleans for the National Championship. That's when the nightmare would begin for the purple and gold. The Saban lead Crimson Tide would roll the Tigers, 21-0, winning the national title and begin a painful eight game winning streak. LSU would finally break the streak with a solid 46-41 victory last season in Tuscaloosa and would finish the 2019 season 15-0 National Champions...
But this season, things are much different. After having perhaps the greatest season in the history of college football, the defending national champions have struggled out of the gate and have been in an offensive downward spiral since losing Myles Brennan for the season and have been unable to find a solution to their woes on defense.
The offense is now in the hands of two true freshmen quarterbacks. Even with a simplified playbook, both T.J. Finley and Max Johnson have struggled due to an offensive line that has performed poorly, both run blocking and in pass protection. The running game simply doesn't exist, as LSU has not been able to establish any kind of rushing attack. Then these young quarterbacks have lost their top three receivers to throw to against Alabama. Ja'Marr Chase, decided to opt out right before the season began. Racey McMath has been lost to injury, and Terrace Marshall Jr. decided to opt out after last week's embarrassing loss to Texas A&M. That's a huge hunk of talent missing from the offense side of the ball.
The LSU defense has given up too many big plays to count. The inability to stop the outside running game and constant break downs in the secondary has been very painful for Tiger fans to witness. The Alabama offense is explosive. Najee Harris is as good as they come, and the Tide's passing attack is like a well oiled machine, led by quarterback Mac Jones and wide out DeVonta Smith.
The Crimson Tide come into Tiger Stadium favored by 29 points and are playing their best football of the season. While the Tigers are battling for respect and for an opportunity to play in a Bowl game at season's end. LSU will need to play their best for 60 minutes and hope that that will be enough to keep the contest close and respectable. Miracles do happen.... After all, didn't David bring a rock to face face Goliath???......