LSU vs Alabama Crimson, Match Preview | NCAA week 11

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Each week, student football gives us new experiences, but every year there is a special day that all fans are looking forward to. This is the moment when invincible teams start to play among themselves, having gained seven or eight victories, and the first version of the playoff rating adds intrigue to them. This year this day fell on November 9th.

With all due respect to the guys from Minnesota and the Penn State, the main game this week will be the battle of LSU and Alabama, the teams that occupy the first two lines in the polls of AP and coaches.

In the confrontation of these teams there are enough crucial points, the main of which of course is the figure of Nick Saban, who led both programs to victory in the championship. The previous "Game of the Century" between them was played in 2011 and became the triumph of defensive football. The main time was not enough for the teams, and in the second overtime the success was accompanied by LSU, who won with a score of 9-6. That victory at the moment remains for Louisiana State last. The next eight meetings ended in favor of Alabama.

Since then, LSU coach Ed Orgeron has substantially revised his views on the organization of his team’s game. Replenished coaching staff Joe Brady did something unimaginable and now the Tigers attack is the third in the country, gaining an average of 47 points per match. Alabama stands a position higher, her attack earns 49 points per game.

Already now we can say that this game will be unique. About 40 future NFL players will enter the field in both teams. In addition, the match plans to visit US President Donald Trump.

Key players


All attention is now focused on Tua Tagovailoa, who recently underwent surgery on his leg and, possibly, is not yet 100% ready. Of course, he is not a classic double threat quarterback, but moving in an envelope is an important component of his game. The impressive line of attack, the tandem of the running Najee Harris and Brian Robinson, as well as the distinguished receiver housing consisting of Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle, should help him. The success of Alabama in the match will largely depend on the actions of the Tua in those situations when the envelope will crumble.

Do not underestimate the importance of a kicker. Second year Joseph Bulovas during his career has realized several long field goals, but this season he already has two misses and a greased implementation. He certainly will have to enter the field on Saturday. Each point in this game will be on a special account - the playoffs are at stake.

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Come from Ohio State Joe Burrow this season has turned all of his early predictions for the 2020 NFL draft. Many consider him the main contender for the Heisman Trophy, given his versatility on the field and the general form of the Tigers attack. With the advent of Joe Brady in the coaching staff, Burrow's accurate transmission increased to 79%. Now LSU quarterback is second in the NCAA in the average number of yards scored per game (350). His 30 touchdowns with only four interceptions are already a new record for the program, and there are still enough games ahead.

Another important factor for the team will be Safe Grant Delpit. This week he trained with restrictions, but to miss such a match is simply impossible. Given the quality of Alabama receivers, having such a player deep in the field can be the key to success.

Key Points

Loss of ball

Nothing annoys Nick Saban more than losing the ball. Although this season Alabama players are generally acting reliably, they have not yet met a rival at the current LSU level. Tigers players this year have already met with Texas, Auburn and other strong teams. In these games, they made eight ball losses and are somewhat inferior in reliability to Alabama.

The value of one or two “extra” possessions in this match is very difficult to overestimate.

Remote Game

Both opponents move the ball very well in a pass, but Saban and Orgeron will probably prefer to act more reliably and control the passage of time. To control the course of the match, you need to actively press on the front-7 of the opponent, exhaust him. Fatigue leads to a loss of concentration, which can give space for play-action pranks. The focus will be on the main earlyback teams of the Najee Harris and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.


In this aspect, LSU and Alabama are not among the leading teams of the championship, as it was several years ago. Tigers have K'lavon Chaisson, and Crimson Tide Terrell Lewis, but their statistics are far from the leaders. Meanwhile, pressure on quarterbacks will become an important element. Tua did not fully recover from the injury, and Burrow is occasionally lost under pressure. Success in this element of the game will also be one of the keys to victory.