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Maybe the force-field that has shielded the end zone the past two times Alabama and LSU have tangled won't be quite so powerful Saturday night.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 5 Tigers smacked into it in last season's two meetings at various points on the field, crossing the goal line only once between them.
Alabama especially has been forced to attempt a cascade of field goals after promising drives screeched to a halt, making either goats or heroes of the kickers.
The Tide and No. 12 Louisville have the nation's most efficient red zone offenses, and Alabama's defense has been the stingiest when opponents penetrate the 20-yard line.
LSU has struggled in both categories, but the Tigers also have the most formidable defense and running game Alabama has faced.
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Nick Saban turned 61 on Halloween and took a reporter along with him for the day. He did make one surprising revelation about the day.
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Happy birthday, Nick Saban…you might want to get that growth removed before the weekend Today is Halloween. Today is also Nick Saban’s birthday. these two things are mutually exclusive and totally independent of each other…but the Devil appreciates the irony nonetheless. To celebrate this joyous occasion, and in anticipation of the Alabama/LSU game this weekend, some...
This game has some serious high stakes this year as there are National Championship game implications, yet again. This Trailer, created by an LSU fan, is well-crafted and certainly makes you excited for this massive game this weekend. Something tells me that even though LSU is motivated, it probably won’t be enough to beat the machine that is the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The Wikipedia entry for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team appears to have some technical inaccuracies. It talks about Paul “Bear” Bryant and their Heisman winner Mark Ingram. The part that seems technically inaccurate is as follows:
Recently, the Alabama Crimson Tide made history again, by becoming the first college football program to win both a BCS National Championship...
Alabama has outstanding performances by a number of players each week, which is why the Crimson Tide has an 8-0 record and is ranked number one in the nation. The Southeastern Conference, though, must spread the honors around, so all worthy Bama players can't be honored by the conference each week.
Just because it's LSU week doesn't mean Alabama will change its mindset or message. The Crimson Tide is treating this Saturday just like any other.
QUICK HITS: Alabama head coach Nick Saban discussed LSU's pass rush, how his offensive line will deal with it, Tigers' quarterback Zach Mettenberger and more at his Wednesday night press conference.
Ouachita junior WR Cameron Sims is being recruited by both LSU and Alabama, and the 6-4, 195-pound playmaker will be in attendance Saturday when the Tigers and Crimson Tide lock horns in Baton Rouge.
Quarterback AJ McCarron wore his knee brace again, wide receiver Amari Cooper was the most active he's been all week, and some other observations from Wednesday afternoon's Alabama practice.
Oct 20, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Kenny Bell (7) celebrates after scoring a touchdown with offensive linesman Barrett Jones during the second half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Alabama defeated Tennessee, 44-13. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE10/20/2012 9:37:38 PM
Florida goes down and Kansas State takes the number...