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LSU vs. Alabama - 5 things to watch

Kristian Garic
November 02, 2018 - 11:13 am
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Finally it’s here!  No. 1 Alabama comes to Baton Rouge to face No. 3 LSU.  The game every LSU fan circles on the calendar and the game every Alabama fan has counted as a win in seven straight seasons.  Everyone expected Alabama to be the top ranked team in the country at this point.  Nobody expected LSU to be the third ranked team in the country in the first weekend of November. The build up to this game has been intense.  Here are five things to watch Saturday night in Death Valley.

  1.  Who blinks first the first quarter?  The LSU Tigers haven’t surrendered a first quarter touchdown this season.  Alabama’s offense might be the best in program history, quarterbacked by the best player in the country, Tua Tagovailoa.  If the Tigers can hold Bama out of the end zone in the first quarter without LB Devon White, that would be a major victory.
  2. Can the Tigers survive the first half on defense without LB Devon White? White’s out for the first half, after being flagged for a targeting penalty in the Tigers last game against Mississippi State.  Sophomore Patrick Queen will be the guy that spells White for the first half.  I’m curious to see how the Crimson Tide exploits the young LB, and if coordinator Dave Aranda can scheme around White’s absence in the first half.
  3. Can the Tigers contain Bama’s QB?  Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa has been sensational.  He’s easily the best player in the country and leading the Heisman trophy race.  Tagovailoa hasn’t thrown an interception this season and has 25 touchdown passes.  He’s a dual threat guy with his arm and legs.  Coach O and the Tigers insist the key to beating Tagovailoa and the Tide is to keep the athletic playmaker in the pocket.  He’s been slowed in recent weeks with a minor knee injury.  If I’m LSU, I want to test the strength of that knee early and maybe make him move around a little.
  4. Make Bama play 4th quarter football.  Alabama hasn’t been in a ball game in the fourth quarter this season.  In every game the outcome was a forgone conclusion, when the Tide reached fourth quarter.  If LSU can get Bama to the fourth quarter in a close game that will be interesting to see how Alabama responds.  The Tigers will want to keep this game close and force the Crimson Tide to play a full sixty minute game, something they haven’t been forced to do all season.
  5. LSU’s Death Valley atmosphere could be one of the best we’ve ever seen.  Tiger fans are going to have all day to get amped up for this one, and it’s one they’ve wanted for a while.  It’s been over seven years since LSU beat the Tide and Tiger stadium will be rocking Saturday night.  The fans can and will have an impact on this game.  Alabama is used to playing in hostile environments, but have they played in one this hostile this season?  Nope! The epic football bonanza kicks off Saturday night at 7pm! 

Alabama is favored by 14 points over LSU in Death Valley.  Is Alabama that good or are they over valued?  I would say a little bit of both, but I like the Tigers with that point spread, I just don’t like them to beat Alabama.  Sorry, LSU fans, there’s always next year. 

Prediction:  Alabama 28                   LSU 17

***Tiger fans - get ready to battle… LSU versus BAMA!  Coach O and the Tigers battle Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide…Saturday in Death Valley!  Coverage starts at 2 o’clock - join Kristian Garic & Herb Tyler for the “Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Tiger Tailgatin’ Show” on LSU’s campus in front the ticket office on North Stadium drive.  Come by & tailgate with us, or call in with your game predictions from your tailgate party.  At 5pm - LSU pre-game with the “Voice of the Tigers” Chris Blair & color analyst Doug MoreauGame time - 7 o’clock!   LSU vs AlabamaSaturday… GEAUX TIGERS on W-W-L!

 

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