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The LSU Open Thread

With the off week now in the rear view mirror, let's turn attention to LSU. Usually we do this one in the fanposts, but considering it is such a big game, we'll bump it out to the front page here. You know the routine...

  • Per the LVSC Open, 'Bama opened up in Vegas a 10-point favorite. That's a lot higher than I expected, and while I do expect that line to narrow a good bit, hopefully the boys in Vegas know something we don't.
  • LSU annihilated Tulane last night, and it was pretty much the beatdown you would expect. Tulane is easily one of the worst teams in the country, and LSU never really encountered much resistance against them.
  • 'Bama is coming off of the much-needed bye week, and I think we are probably pretty healthy right now. Even aside from the season-ending injuries to Hightower and Square, we've had a lot of nicks and bruises the past couple of weeks, such as Javier Arenas (ribs), Colin Peek (knee), Julio Jones (everything), Josh Chapman (abdominal strain), Terrence Cody (hamstring), among others. We needed an off week badly, and hopefully it pays big dividends.
  • On the other hand, LSU is coming into this one fresh too. They had an off week, didn't break a sweat beating Auburn, and had no trouble with Tulane. They aren't coming off a bye week, but they will be coming in pretty much fresh as you can be for this stage of the season. 
  • Colin Peek is one we really have to keep our eyes on this week. I have no doubt that he will play in this game, but I do wonder about his effectiveness. I don't think he'll be 100%, and we'll just have to hope he can fight through it as good as possible.
  • LSU is a scary team because these guys are absolutely loaded with talent at the skill positions. They easily have more raw talent at the skill positions than any other team on the regular season schedule this year, and there isn't a close second. They have lots of elite athletes in the defensive backfield, and practically every single player on offense who will touch the ball will also be an elite athlete.
  • That said, this is the weakest LSU has been in the trenches since Saban really turned them around. And if we're going to win this game, that's how we are going to have to win it. We have the advantage on both lines of scrimmage, and if we dominate in the trenches like we should, then we should win this game. On the other hand, though, if LSU can fight to a draw up front, we're in a lot of trouble. They probably have more talent than we do at the skill positions, and they will probably take advantage of it unless we take care of business up front.
  • Jordan Jefferson hasn't exactly had a great year, but he hasn't beaten LSU like Jarrett Lee did last year. He hasn't made a lot of plays, per se, but he has consistently protected the football and avoided turnovers. Moreover, in all fairness, he's a very good prospect, physically. He has the frame you are looking for, he is athletic, and he's got a big arm to boot. In terms of physical makeup, he's probably all you could ever ask for. 
  • Going to be interesting to see what Alabama does offensively in terms of the passing game. We've thrown the ball a good bit with McElroy as of late, but it's been all dink and dunk with little of a vertical element. LSU, however, has really struggled to rush the passer this year, and the comments from Saban seemingly indicate a desire to open things up and attack down the field. 
  • With a win here, 'Bama clinches a spot in the SEC Championship Game against Florida. On the other hand, if you lose, we're going to have to sit around the final two weeks of the season praying for either Ole Miss or Arkansas to pull off the upset. And besides, not to channel my inner Herm Edwards here, but you play to win the game, so just go out and do it. Plus, we haven't beaten LSU in Tuscaloosa since Marvin Constant's goal line stand in 1999, so that needs to change.
  • Not to sound like Lane Kiffin or a Tennessee fan, but officiating has killed us in this game four of the past five years. 2004 saw Keith Brown get raped in the end zone, 2005 had the key missed holding call, 2007 saw the three overturned plays in the fourth quarter, and 2008 saw a would-be game-winning touchdown run by John Parker Wilson called back by a ticky-tack holding penalty against Andre Smith, far away from the play. Hopefully that's not an issue this time around, though if it is it certainly shouldn't come as a shock given recent history in this series. 
  • We have to get better in the red zone, period. And we have to get better offensively, period. If we play offensively like we have the past three weeks, we're in for another nailbiter.
  • It didn't receive a lot of hype thanks to all of the Jarrett Lee meltdown talk, but as I detailed in Yea Alabama, the real problem for them was that the LSU coaching staff killed them with bad decisions in overtime. Hopefully we get that kind of assistance this year.
  • Last year, after Earl Alexander's fumble into the end zone, we went into a shell and really played scared against these guys. It was like we were just sitting around waiting on big, bad LSU to rip our heads off, and we cannot allow that again this year. Hopefully we'll play with a different mentality than we did for much of last year's game. 
  • This is still the game for LSU, and as you could tell in the meltdown thread from three weeks ago, everything that Miles has done or is doing is still viewed through the prism of Nick Saban. Don't think for one second that any of that is lost on the LSU players and coaching staff. Mix that with the fact that the West is clearly on the line here, and that LSU is still in national title contention, and you can get your bottom dollar that we'll get their best shot.

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