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LSU-Alabama - Good, Bad & Ugly 

LSU-Alabama - Good, Bad & Ugly 

”The Last Lap with Seth Dunlap”
November 04, 2018 - 1:06 pm
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By:  Tim Zimmer, WWL.com

The LSU Tigers were outmatched Saturday in almost every aspect of the game.  Alabama shutout the Tigers 29-0 in Tiger Stadium, and while there wasn’t much positive to take from this game, LSU learned a lot from the loss.  I’ll give you the good, bad and ugly from LSU’s loss to Bama and what you can expect the rest of the season.

 

The Good:

One thing that didn’t disappoint was the energy from LSU fans and the excitement that built up to kickoff.  Purple & Gold fans brought it in the first quarter.  The crowd noise forced multiple offside penalties, and what was a chip-in field goal turned into Bama having to punt on its opening possession.  Unfortunately, LSU’s offense couldn’t get anything going, which lead to nine punts on the night.  Death Valley earned an A+ for the noise it brought pregame and at the start of the game.  Enthusiastic Tiger fans truly were the 12th man. 

Another standout from the game was sophomore safety Todd Harris Jr..  Harris lead the team in tackles and got an interception on Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa.  That was Tua’s first interception thrown this season, which came at a critical part of the game.  Harris is just another name of the long tradition that is DBU at LSU.


The Bad:

Well, part of the bad goes in line with the ugly, but the running game for LSU was non-existent.  The Tigers rushed the ball for a total of 12 yards.  Both Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed in the single digits. Coach O credited the Alabama defensive line after the game, saying the Tide has three first round draft picks on their line. 

The Tigers were also unable to convert on 3rd down.  LSU finished the game 5 for 16 on the night, but most of their conversions were late in 4th quarter, when the game was out of reach. 

Joe Burrow was dealt plenty of 3rd and long situations and other than Justin Jefferson, the rest of the LSU WR core was nowhere to be seen.  Jefferson did finish the night with 6 catches for 81 yard, but the next best WR was Derrick Dillon for 9 yards. 

Alabama’s ability to make big plays and convert on 3rd down was a huge advantage in this game.  Give Tua credit, he’s the best player in college football and will likely end up winning the Heisman Trophy.  The Tigers had no answer for him.  The Tide was 8 for 14 on 3rd down and a lot of that was because Tua had the ability to sit in the pocket and find the open receiver.  While LSU’s defense played its worst game of the season, Alabama had the better players in the matchups they wanted. 

The Ugly:

This is an easy one, and it comes down to the play at the line of scrimmage.  Alabama dominated LSU on both the defensive and offensive lines.  Joe Burrow was sacked five times resulting in no rhythm to keep the drives alive.  On the other side of the ball, the defensive line was pushed around, allowing Tua to pick apart LSU’s secondary and scramble out of the pocket.  The backbreaking moment in the game was Tua’s 44 yard run in the 3rd quarter that put the Tide up 22-0.  Coach O was asked about how LSU could fix the issues at the line of scrimmage and he said, “We have to get bigger, stronger offensive lineman. That's something we have to get better at in recruiting.”

While I can go on about the negatives of the LSU-Alabama ballgame, there are some positives to look forward to.  LSU can still have a great season. The Tigers currently sit at 7-2 with Arkansas up next.  They should have no problem with their upcoming game with the Razorbacks and Rice.

Wins in the next two games should put theTigers at 9-2.  LSU could enter the Texas A&M game with the possibility of a 10 win season.  It’s very likely with 10 wins the Tigers could earn themselves a Sugar Bowl or Peach Bowl invitation as the 2nd best team in the SEC. 

With low expectations from the fan base going into the season vs Miami, LSU is setting the stage to prove doubters wrong, if the Tigers can handle their business in the remaining three games. 

Listen to our LSU Football coverage weeknights on WWL Radio 105.3fm/870am or the Radio.com app on "Sports Talk" with Bobby Hebert & Kristian Garic (4-8pm), followed by "The Last Lap" with Seth Dunlap (8-11 p.m.) 

 

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