Saturday evening will mark another showdown against the two programs that have consistently found themselves near the top of the SEC in recent years when the number-one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide welcome in the 13th-ranked LSU Tigers.
Throughout the last few seasons, these two have been no strangers to each other whatsoever.
Their first match up in the 2011 season was dubbed the ‘Game of the Century,’, which was won by LSU in a low-scoring 9-6 affair. Later that season, the Tide would get their revenge, though, downing the Tigers 21-0 in the BCS Championship Game.
While it only has them for one of these teams, this game once again carries a lot of weight as far as the national championship picture is concerned.
If head coach Les Miles and LSU can figure out a way one more time to beat Alabama in their home stadium, as they did in 2011, then that may completely dash the hopes of Alabama to capture their third consecutive crystal ball, and fourth in the last five years.
Can they? Absolutely they can.
In the beginning of the season, the play of QB Zach Mettenberger improved tremendously from last year under the tutelage of new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. In a few games this season, the Tide’s secondary has shown that they’re quite vulnerable to being beaten by the pass.
They’ll still need to put it together in all three phases of the game, but if the passing combination of Mettenberger and WRs Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham III find a rhythm, then the Tide could find themselves on the outside looking in by the time this one is over.