Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 11/6/11

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 02: Kick returner Javier Arenas #28 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with head coach Nick Saban after Arenas scored on a 73-yard punt return in the second quarter against the Utah Utes during the 75th Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 2, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

(Editor's note: Previously in our LSU-Bama recaps, we looked at the game's biggest surprises. Now, we turn to the coaching match-up.)

Was Nick Saban out-coached in this game?

Regie Eller: This was obvious to me – and I am a big Nick Saban guy. That speed option that LSU runs? Yeah, that thing is pitiful and Alabama could not adjust well enough in my eyes. With all the talent Alabama has on the defensive side of the ball, I would have expected some adjustment.

When Alabama split out Trent Richardson, the Tide had much success. I do not understand why they did not do more of it. Lets be real – Trent Richardson versus any linebacker in coverage? Trent Richardson wins that everytime.

Kevin McGuire: There were some questionable decisions made in this game by Saban. Going for a 52-yard field goal on a night when your kicking game clearly is struggling and having Maze back to return a punt when his ankle is causing some problems are the two that stand out to me. I don't think I'd go so far as to say Saban was out-coached in this game, because it still went to overtime and his special teams failed him more than anything else with missed field goals, but there were few moments Saturday night where I saw a play by Alabama and thought, "That is such a smart decision by Saban."

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