LSU Game Day

Posted by | Nov 5, 2011 | -

Below are some of the top Tide football stories for today published by various organizations:

It’s Finally Here! No. 1 LSU At No. 2 Alabama Tonight

By Izzy Gould,
The true comprehension of playing in one of the biggest regular-season games in college football history was not lost on Alabama’s players, who already are part of one of the nation’s storied programs. “This is what you want to play in,” Tide tight end Michael Williams said. “It’ll be one for the ages.” This marks the first 1-2 matchup in Bryant-Denny Stadium history, but it goes even deeper. It’s the first 1-2 matchup in SEC regular-season history, and the first SEC divisional 1-2 matchup. There hasn’t been a regular-season 1-2 matchup since Nov. 18, 2006 when No. 1 Ohio State defeated No. 2 Michigan 42-39. Alabama has been in seven 1-2 battles before, four of them under fifth-year coach Nick Saban. The most recent was the Tide’s win over Texas on Jan. 7, 2010 in the Rose Bowl for the BCS national championship. Alabama won its 13th national championship that night with a 37-21 win. [More]

Home-Field Should Help Alabama

By Josh Moon, The Montgomery Advertiser
Honestly, I have no idea who to pick. Every time I lay out the plusses and minuses for each team in tonight’s game between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama, I always come out to dead even. But I have to pick one. So, I’m going with Alabama. For one reason: Bryant-Denny Stadium. I think the home crowd gives the Crimson Tide enough of an advantage that it overcomes being outmanned slightly in the passing game. Everything else is a wash, as far as I can tell. Both teams are about equal at quarterback, although I think LSU’s Jarrett Lee can bounce back from a mistake better than Alabama’s AJ McCarron. The offensive lines are roughly equal. If I were forced to give an edge to either team, I’d probably lean toward Alabama. Alabama has an edge at running back, with Trent Richardson. The linebackers are close, with a slight edge to Alabama. [More]

CBS Sports Booth Eyes Big Characters On The Sidelines

By Dave Walker, The Times-Picayune
Saturday night TV’s been a gassed wasteland for so long, the prospect of some real drama there seems weird. The promise of Saturday’s (Nov. 5) LSU-Alabama showdown extends beyond the out-of-bounds lines to the larger-than-life characters who will direct the storylines. For sure, CBS Sports announcers Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson won’t be hurting for dramatic story threads when kickoff comes. One of the most compelling plotlines will cast Les Miles and Nick Saban in leading roles. Both teams are coached by men with big personal brands. LSU’s Miles is emotionally combustible, prone to idiosyncratic locution in interview situations, grass-fed. Alabama’s Nick Saban is, well, Nick Saban. “I think it’s a big part of the attraction of the game,” said Lundquist, during a conference-call interview earlier this week. “They’re such contrasting personalities. I think you’ve got the stern taskmaster at Alabama against the kind of looser personality of Les Miles. The contrast of the personalities adds to the billboard we can use about them.” [More]

Tigers, Tide Are Throwback Powers

By John Zenor,
The LSU and Alabama showdown promises to be a throwback of old-school football. Both the top-ranked and barely-tested Tigers, and No. 2 and mostly-unchallenged Alabama are built on power runs and run-stuffing defenses in a time when spread offenses are en vogue and huddles are optional. “If you want to see 1970s smashmouth,” Alabama tight end Michael Williams said, “then this is what you want to see right here.” Yes, Saturday night’s game will have a retro look to it. The vintage philosophies make this one reminiscent of an old Oklahoma-Nebraska or Alabama-Penn State clash. And like those teams, this year’s edition of the Crimson Tide and Tigers — both 8-0 with five Southeastern Conference wins — have racked up double-digit victories. But neither Alabama’s Nick Saban nor LSU’s Les Miles is bringing the wishbone back in fashion. Hitting, and hitting hard, well, that is certainly allowed — even mandatory. [More]

LSU vs. Alabama: A perfect matchup

By Glenn Guilbeau,
The No. 1 LSU Tigers will meet the enemy tonight, and it will be them — also known as the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide. The only true spread offenses these two dinosaurs of dominance are familiar with are those they stop. Alabama is No. 1 in the nation in total defense (180 yards allowed a game), while LSU is No. 4 (251 yards). Alabama is No. 1 in the nation in fewest points allowed (6.9 a game), while LSU is No. 3 (11.5 points). Alabama is No. 1 in the nation in pass efficiency defense (83.7 rating based on 135.6 yards allowed a game and four touchdowns overall with nine interceptions), while LSU is No. 5 (96.5 rating on 174.8 yards a game and five touchdowns with 11 interceptions). Alabama is No. 1 in the nation against the run (44.9 yards a game), while LSU is No. 3 (76.6 yards). Those offenses may not be flashy, but they execute with cool precision. Alabama is No. 1 in the SEC and 11th nationally in scoring with 39.4 points a game, while LSU is No. 2 and No. 12 with 39.2 points a game. There is brutal balance with punishing running attacks and wickedly efficient passing games. [More]

Roll Tide!

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