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Deke Bellavia

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Deke: Can the Tigers bring some heat against Bama?

Alabama does not beat Alabama...we know this.  So, for LSU to try and force the Tide offense to make mistakes, the Tigers defense will need to do something they've had trouble doing all season long...apply pressure to the opposing QB.

In three of the Tigers five SEC games, LSU failed to get good pressure on the opposing QB.  I think you would all agree the best three QB's in conference play that the Tigers faced so far have been Auburn's Nick Marshall, UGA's Aaron Murray and the Ole Miss Rebel signal caller Bo Wallace.

Against the Tigers of Auburn, LSU's defense faced 37 pass attempts.  LSU was able to get one sack and only two QB hurries.  The following week against UGA it got worse.  The Tigers had zero sacks, zero hurries and zero tackles for a loss.

And, against Bo Wallace, the Rebels passed the ball 41 times.  LSU got better pressure on Wallace compared than they did on Marshall and Murray.  The Tigers
defense came up with three sacks and one QB hurry.

But, overall in those three games, two in which the Tigers lost, LSU failed to get consistent pressure on the opposing QB's.  Let's add all those numbers up.  

And, please remember, it's not that the QB sacks are the most important thing, it's the ability to rush the passer and make the QB uncomfortable back in the pocket.

LSU's defense faced a total of 112 pass attempts combined against Auburn, Georgia and Ole Miss.  The Tigers picked up four sacks and three QB hurries.  The lack of sacks is one thing, but the lack of hurrying the opposing QB is far more troubling.

LSU hurried the opposing QB only three times in those three games.  Folks, if that pattern continues this week, it's going to be a long night for the Bayou Bengals.  Alabama does not and has not made many mistakes.

So, the Tigers need to force Alabama into some third and long situations and get pressure on QB A.J. McCarron.  McCarron has only thrown three picks all season long.  And, if he has time, A.J. can place the ball where he wants to.

At the very least, LSU's defense has to make Alabama attempt to throw the ball when they don't want to.  The Tigers can't allow the Tide to dictate the passing game.  The lone game Alabama had no control in four quarters was against Texas A&M.  But after the Tide fell behind 14-0, they regained composure and took control of the second and third quarters, before A&M made a comeback.

If LSU can disguise some blitzes and put some heat on McCarron, Alabama would be in unfamiliar territory.  I'm not saying LSU has to sack A.J. McCarron five times.  The Tigers do, however, definitely need to force him to throw the ball quicker than he likes to.

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11/08/2013 7:46AM
Deke: Can the Tigers bring some heat against Bama?
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11/08/2013 12:35PM
Tiger defense is team's biggest weakness
Especially the DL and linebackers, and it all starts between the tackles against Alabama.
11/09/2013 8:51PM
Yes it is possible for LSU to beat Bama. I am a LSU fan and I think it is possible.
11/10/2013 8:34AM
With players like # 28 on the LSU defense the tigers will never stop anyone. And what a joke for a offensive line, they let the Bama D have their way with the tigers quarter back all the second half. The Tigers are fallen apart around Les Miles.
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