The Alabama Defense completely dominated LSU. (Almond/Birmingham News)
Throughout the season, the Alabama football team has made many improvements week by week. At the beginning of the season, the offensive line, secondary and running game were all struggling, but as the season has progressed, so have the Tide. Over the past few weeks, the Alabama Crimson Tide are becoming more of the national championship team people have been eager to see.
With a week off to prepare for SEC West rival LSU, Alabama fans are hoping the Tide will make any last minute improvements needed to continue on the road to their 16th national championship. But the question remains: What exactly can the Tide work on before they play LSU?
Here are my thoughts on what the Tide will be spending the week executing:
Running game- Although the Tide has made a tremendous amount of improvement since starting the season, the Crimson Tide could work on executing even better. LSU will be working extra hard this week as well and will want to have a redeeming game against Alabama to help their season. The Tide can focus on making a hole for the running back as well as creating a pocket for AJ McCarron.
Defense- Last week, Collins did an excellent job stepping in for Vinnie Sunseri, but LSU has a good passing game. Zach Mettenberger will be looking to pass on the weak side, creating problems for the Tide. Alabama will have to work hard this week creating a tough secondary against the Tigers. If Bama’s defense can execute effectively, LSU will have a very rough time creating points on the board.
Backup Quarterback- As of right now, McCarron is obviously the main guy. But what if something happens to him, and he has a season ending injury like Sunseri? Who can fill his shoes and help lead the Tide to title #16? As of right now, Blake Sims seems to be the choice that Saban has chosen as backup quarterback, but recently, Sims has been struggling to convert points and passing yards. He seems rushed and seems to be more of a running back than a quarterback. Hopefully during the bye week, Saban can get a better feel for who will truly be the best option for backup quarterback.
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All in all, I feel Coach Saban will do what Saban does best: prepare to win. Nick Saban has always had an excellent record for winning games he’s had time to prepare for. LSU is hungry to redeem their season, but the Tide is hungry for #16.
Who do I think will win? Alabama. Giving Saban a week to prepare is great. Giving him two is dangerous.
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