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When LSU and Alabama square off on Saturday both defenses will be the center of attention.
LSU's defense will face a Crimson Tide unit that is 11th in the country in scoring at 41 points a game, and they average 436 yards a game of total offense.
Some feel that a rushing attack that averages 214 yards a game is the key in stopping Bama, but A.J. McCarron is completing 69 percent of his passes, averaging 210 yards a game, and has tossed 18 touchdowns with no interceptions.
What is the key for LSU in stopping Alabama? That is what Geaux247 is debating today and we want to hear from you in the thread below.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Sonny Shipp on 10/29/2012 at 8:42 AM
After watching a few Alabama games, LSU MUST take away McCarron's safety valve in Micheal Williams. He goes to Williams quite a bit.
Miss. St. took away Williams in the 2nd and 3rd quarters and Alabama stalled for a bit.
Then Miss St. was just worn down in the 4th.
IMO, the most important part is to take away Williams so that Alabama can't get into 3rd and short so they can just give it to Yeldon or Lacy. Seems to be their MO.
Make Bell and Cooper beat them. IMO, Bell isn't that much of a threat unless he's wide open. Cooper is decent. But again, McCarron's meat and potatoes are his RB's and TE's. Take those guys out, and put pressure on McCarron and continually hit him.....and we have ourselves a game.
I worry about the young LSU db's getting beat deep. McCarron has been very accurate all year and LSU hasn't really been tested. I feel like A&M had openings but Manziel wasnt developed enough as a passer to take advantage.
1. The LSU offense must possess the ball. You can throw on Bama, but you need to do it on first and second down. 3rd and long doesn't cut it against Bama.
This is going to be up to the OL blocking well, for Mett to recognize and read fast and the receivers to catch the damn ball. They open up the down field pass game, the run game will follow much more effectively. Our OL must man up and do it in this game. As for Mett...well the time is now to grow up.
The Tide blitz with LB's like CJ Moseley as soon as they see a team trying to pass early, so LSU has to clip block the LB by the TE or back, or be fully picked up by the RB. The best way to beat it IMO is to throw over the middle area where the LB has vacated to blitz. This probably would help to have a TE chip block and immediately go down field. Mett has to get the ball off fast and we haven't really seen this ability from him yet, but he has looked decent the few times he has been asked throw down the middle.
2. Chavis can not sit back and not pressure McCarron or he will nickel and dime LSU to death sitting back relaxing in the pocket. Tigers need to send a minimum 5 for pressure against what is a pretty good OL as often as possible. Fluker is the weak spot in pass protect. Would love to see Debo or even a DB like Eugene or someone head toward the QB right off Fluker's right side while he is trying to deal with our DE. The safeties need to concentrate on outlet passes and outside runs to RB's and the SS especially needs to lock down TE Michael Williams. I think I prefer Martin covering over Loston, although CL has picked up his game a little over the last couple outings.
3. The Bama run game is the one thing I believe LSU can immediately go toe to toe and neutralize, but only if they are effective with (2) above. I like Minter just to concentrate on fortifying the middle and tackle to tackle. I like our speed to cover outside runs.
4. The deep ball: LSU's corners are going to be 1 on 1 quite a bit, I think, mainly because of packages set to attack McCarron, utilizing 5 or 6 players. Therefore, fully expect Bama to go deep instead of constantly throw short outs and TE passes. Simon has to cover better than he has lately in those sets. He looked bad against A&M. I can see Bama trying Mills or Collins down field because they are freshmen and that is actually the guys I think can cover.
LSU simply has to man up and execute offensively on a level they haven't shown so far. That will take the ball out of Bama's hands.and more importantly, keep our defense fresher.
If the offense can simply get two scores as a result of moving the ball and using some time, LSU has a decent shot.
Regards to All,
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Not sure if you want my opinion, but here it is if you're interested:
1) Stop the run (duh), but seriously, commit to that first. You'll have to do it with 8 guys or less, though.
2) Jam the young receivers at the line to keep them from getting comfortable in routes.
3) Be conservative with blitzes. Obviously it's good to get hits/sacks, but by being conservative you don't offer any obvious outs with guys streaking free. He's pretty good against an all out blitz if someone is open. Conversely, he's pretty quick to dump the ball or take off running if things are covered up downfield. He likes having that "0 INT's" next to his name.
All great points even from the bama fan. My take is we must keep them in third & long & create pressure on qb & maybe some picks will come. Be physical all nite on both side of ball. Mett must hit open wr's when chance is ther cause bama dont make many mistakes. Huge game,huge crowd ,huge opportunityGEAUX TIGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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