The Big One of The Week
(1) Alabama 8-0 Vs (5) LSU 7-1
It’s safe to say SEC fans and the rest of the country have circled this Saturday’s matchup as the game of the season. The last time we saw these two teams Alabama completely blasted LSU in the Superdome 21-0 to win yet another BCS National Title. Since then, the Tide have rolled to 8-0, while LSU has had a setback with Florida, but still controls their own destiny within the SEC West and within the BCS.
What to watch for Alabama:
AJ McCarron has been outstanding this season throwing for 1,684 yds, and 18 TD’s and ZERO interceptions. What has impressed me the most has been the way he has thrown the football to a number of weapons at wideout. Kenny Bell, and true freshman Amari Coooper have helped the depth for the position. Add TJ Yeldon who to me gives the Tide more of a home run threat (more than Eddie Lacy), and the offense has been exactly what Nick Saban could have hoped for entering the season. And the of course you have monsters making the whole offense click.. Fluker, Steen, Warmack, Jones, and Kouandjio could go down as one of if not the best o-line in Tide history. This team is worthy of being number one in the land to this point.
What to watch for LSU:
ZACH METTENBERGER. Many fans outside of Baton Rouge see Mettenberger and think he has struggled so far under center for the Tigers. I think he’s just a player that is trying to adapt and catch up to the speed of playing live football in a game like setting for the first time since he left Junior College. and let’s be honest, nothing in JUCO can compare to what he’s seen in the SEC this season. He also hasn’t gotten the help that he’s needed from his receivers. A ton of drops have hindered the offense along with a myriad of injuries on the offensive line, which many thought was the strength of this team before the season. The Running game has been great, with Michael Ford, Kenny Hilliard, Spencer Ware, and true freshman Jeremy Hill.
Key for Alabama:
Establishing the line of scrimmage. I just mentioned the Tide line, and this is easily the best front four rotation that they will face not just in this game, but this season, period. What’s made Aj McCarron successful has been the ability for him to have time to throw. When have you consistently seen McCarron flushed out of the pocket? Barely.
Key for LSU:
Establishing the line of scrimmage. LSU has studs galore on the line, with Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo on the edges, and Anthony “Freak” Johnson continuing to develop as one of the premiere defensive tackles in the country. Get pressure on McCarron, and the Tigers have a chance.
What will happen (In My opinion):
I picked LSU to win the National Title last season, and that fell flat on it’s face, as Alabama dominated the contest from start to finish. BUT, I have also picked LSU to win the last two regular season meetings, and the Tigers are 2-0. This game as we know is at night, and the Tigers have a 22 game home winning streak (the longest in the nation). And since Les Miles has been coach on the Bayou, the Tigers are a crazy 57-5 record when the sun sets. I find it hard to believe that this game either way would be a double digit spread, but it is. This game will go down to the wire between the two very best teams in the league and two of the best in the country.
Zach Mettenberger will play his best game as a Tiger, the running game will be just enough, all while Alabama shows their championship toughness as well and goes back and forth with LSU in a hostile environment. I think it will come down to the foot of LSU’s Drew Alleman to win it.
LSU 17, Alabama 14, in yet another classic between two ELITE teams.
Quick Hitters on other Big Games:
— I love Oregon. But I think USC finds a way to win in LA Saturday. If the Ducks pull it out. Book their rooms and reservations to Miami.
–Louisville may score 50 against Temple. And Teddy Bridgewater will continue his Heisman campaign for the 2013 season.
–Johnny football and Texas A&M find a way to upend Mississippi State.
—Bill Synder and the Wildcats will get all they can handle from Oklahoma St.
—Colin Klein, Manti T’eo, Braxton Miller, AJ McCarron my Heisman finalist…For Now.
–Louisiana Tech is good.
–Even with one loss, the Ohio Bobcats may be better.
–If Mack Brown and Texas lose to Tubs and Texas Tech… the swan song could officially begin.
— And if Auburn loses to New Mexico State…. oh.my.goodness.
ENJOY the Games Folks!!! Reality TV talk back Next week… Until Then
Random Friday Video:
He’s on a buffalo.