The Big Game
In the first game between these two teams, I predicted Alabama to win. I felt they had more weapons on offense than LSU, and also they were playing at home and those things would be the difference in the game. Well, the home field advantage didn’t mean much, and also with Jordan Jefferson starting at QB it seems that LSU may have the edge offensively.
Both of these teams know each other very well, and so do the coaches. Both teams have some of the best athletes and players outside of the NFL. But unlike the NFL, there will be no Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees taking the snaps and tossing the football all over the field. This will be a game won in the trenches. It will be conservative to limit turnovers, and on the defense the coaches will rely on their player’s athleticism to make the difference.
LSU and Alabama are pretty much evenly matched in just about every criteria, except for one intangible, and that’s having a great skilled offensive player. Alabama has Trent Richardson, and LSU’s running backs are very good, but not on the level of Richardson. You need big time players to win big time games, and Nick Saban has the best big time player in Richardson.
Since this will not be an offensive shoot out, then I think the running games will the most important aspects of the game. And Trent Richardson is not only the best running back in this game, but I believe he is the best player. Richardson will more than likely touch the football more than any player in the game, and therefore he will have the biggest say in determining the winner. I look for Richardson to have a big game in his last game, and lead Alabama to victory in this contest…..
But not necessarily the Championship, which I feel will be in dispute if Alabama wins, but not in convincing fashion. If LSU loses a close game, then they could have a rightful claim to the National Championship. But we’ll deal with that, if and when it happens.
2 Alabama - 24
1 LSU - 21
New Years Games Review:
I went 5-2 for the New Years Games. I was surprised that West Virginia annihilated Clemson the way they did. And predicted Georgia would beat Michigan State, and they would have if Mark Richt hadn’t taken his foot off the gas pedal in the first OT.
Year to Date Record: 33-17, which translates to 66% correct.