Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - Can the LSU Fighting Tigers take down the Alabama Crimson Tide this Saturday night in Tiger Stadium? Many say no. I say yes they can and I believe that they will.
The winner of this game will take over first place in the SEC West and will have control of their own destiny as they move forward on the road to Atlanta for the SEC title game.
The Tide come to Baton Rouge ranked 6th in the nation with a 7-1, 4-1 record, while the Tigers, 6-2, 4-1 are ranked 10th nationally.
LSU will need to avoid another slow start, eliminating mistakes and penalties. If the Tigers fall behind to Alabama early, don't look for a second half comeback as Nick Saban and his team knows what's at stake and will play with a relentless attitude.
The Bayou Bengals will need to play up to their full potential for all 60 minutes of the ball game, keeping the fans on their feet and Death Valley deafening to have a chance to pull out a victory.
The LSU defense will need to shut down junior running back Jahmyr Gibbs, a transfer from Georgia Tech, and the Alabama running game.
Gibbs has averaged 6.9 yards per carry, rushing for 672 yards on 98 carries with six touchdowns. He's also a dangerous weapon in the passing game with 31 catches for 301 yards and three touchdowns.
If the Tigers can slow down the rushing game and apply pressure to Bryce Young throughout the contest, they will have a great chance to come away with a huge win.
Alabama has a good group of receivers, but they are missing that dangerous playmaker who can take over a game by dominating the secondary.
Quarterback Bryce Young has done a great job of spreading the ball around to several different receivers. Ja'Corey Brooks (21 catches, 376 yards, 4 TDs) and Traeshan Holden (21 catches, 266 yards, 5 TDs) are the Tides' two main scoring threats, but Jermaine Burton (20 catches, 306 yards, 3 TDs) and Kobe Prentice (28 catches, 279 yards, 1 TD) have been solid as well.
The LSU secondary will need to continue their strong play and tackle well all night. They will need to force Bama to earn everything they get. No free gifts on break downs or on costly penalties.
The return of Major Burns to the LSU lineup could be a huge factor in the contest.
Offensively, the Tigers need to continue to play the way they have over the last two games. As always, the offensive line will be the key of the game for the purple and gold. If the starting O-Line unit can play at a high level, the Tigers will be able to put a lot of points on the board.
A source has told us here at Da Boot Sports that the Alabama defensive front is coming into the game decimated with injuries. If the Tigers can win in the trenches and get the running game going, it will be a long night for the Crimson Tide.
LSU will have all running backs available on Saturday night as Brian Kelly stated that John Emery Jr.
will play after recovering from an Achilles injury.
Jayden Daniels must continue to play at a high level. He has shown tremendous confidence and improvement over the past few weeks.
Winning the time of possession will be key. To win the game Daniels must continue to take care of the ball and have an accurate night passing, while mixing in successful designed running plays for himself and big gain scrambles against the Alabama defense keeping them on the field. LSU's massive offensive front can then hopefully wear down the Tide defensively.
Brian Kelly and his staff have done an incredible job with this talented team. The players believe in their coach and his system. They have jelled into a hungry team, oozing with confidence.
This is a very good Alabama football team, but they lack the bite that their more recent teams
have exhibited. They are very beatable.
I say LSU shocks the SEC and the country as they take down Alabama, 34-31 on a long Damian Ramos field goal late in the game.
Special teams will be the difference in this one, as at some point in the game LSU will return a punt
or kickoff for a huge gain to set up an important key score.
Here we geaux Tiger fans... It's another huge, meaningful contest between the Tigers and the
Tide... College Football at its BEST.... "Let the Valley Shake!"
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