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Deke Bellavia: If all else fails, Bama can come right at LSU!

As we inch closer to the biggest weekend in college football, everyone is taking their turn analyzing the big game between Les Miles and LSU and Nick Saban and Alabama.  They all have theories about why one team will win and the other will lose. 
 
Let’s break it down.  When it comes to the Tigers and Tide, to me it's quite simple.  LSU's defense has to do something they haven’t been able to do this season.  Stop an opposing team!
 
Sure, the Tigers put a halt to the Gators offense, but who hasn't?  Folks, sometimes the truth hurts.  Unless LSU does something we haven’t seen this season against a good team, it ain't going to happen.  Yes, I said, “AIN’T!”
 
Alabama QB A.J. McCarron could throw three picks.  The Tide could lose the turnover battle and have terrible field position.  But, if all else fails, Alabama can line up and come right at the Tigers and have their way.
 
With a stable of three salty running backs that all average over six yards per rushing attempt, the Tigers can only ask themselves to try and slow down the “Tide Machine” somehow.
 
If Anthony Johnson is the once called “LeBron James of high school football,” then he needs to turn in a LeBron like game against Bama.  The LSU D-line is not that bad.  But, they are not on the level they were a year ago, when the Tigers defense put the clamps down on Alabama in the second half of last season’s meeting in Baton Rouge.
 
Mr. Johnson, ego and the rest of the D-Line need to have the games of their lives in Tuscaloosa.  Can it happen?  Sure!  Will it happen?  It hasn't yet!
 
Tide running backs T.J. Yeldon, Kenyan Drake and Derrick Henry all bring a little something special to the table.  Yeldon averages 6.3 yards per rush; Drake is a 7.8; and Henry gets nearly a first down every time he carries the ball averaging 9.8 yards per rush.
 
To hope for a shootout is not a good thing.  LSU's offense will face their stiffest challenge yet.  And, the Tigers defense is going to have to give LSU some extra possessions.  
 
But in reality, if nothing else is working for the Alabama offense, the Tide can line up in two tights, I -formation and just hand it off to one of those horses in the backfield.
 
And Alabama is powerful enough to tell LSU what they are going to do.  And, we’ll see if the Tigers can do anything about it!  
 


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11/05/2013 5:54PM
Deke Bellavia: If all else fails, Bama can come right at LSU!
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11/06/2013 11:46AM
This one could get ugly
LSU's DL is only a shell of what is was in the past few years. The linebacker play is even worse. As Hokie Gajan said when asked what LSU needs to do to beat Alabama, he said "hope Alabama doesn't show up".
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