With now two losses in the SEC, how great would it be for LSU to redeem themselves with a win against the undefeated Alabama?
On Saturday, November 9th the LSU Tigers head to Tuscaloosa to play the 8-0 Crimson Tide. The history between these two teams makes it a classic rivalry especially after Alabama shut down LSU 21-0 in the National Championship in 2011.
Not much has changed since then; the two teams remain very dominant teams in college football. The offensive matchup between these two teams is pretty neck and neck when it comes to rushing yards: Alabama has 1,686 rushing yards and LSU leading them by 1,805 rushing yards so far this season.
Comparing the quarterbacks of the two teams really comes down to consistency, which Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has mastered. With two National Championships under his belt, he could face any team. Starting quarterback for the Tigers, Zach Mettenberger, was having a good season until he threw 3 interceptions in the first half of his team’s game against Ole Miss. This took his completion rate from 60.3% to 41.2% over the last two games.
If Mettenberger can perform the way he did the first 6 games of the season and open up the passing game for his team, LSU might have a chance at beating Alabama. So far this season LSU has shown to be completely in the game or not they’re at all.
Alabama has had a perfect season, managing to outscore all of their opponents. No teams have been able to match up with Alabama’s dominant running game and explosive defense. Alabama still has the edge on LSU being ranked #1 in the country and being the defending National Champions. With this game being in Tuscaloosa and The Tide having home field advantage, LSU will have to play the best game they have had all season to keep up with the undefeated Crimson Tide.