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LSU wrap-up: Bama not challenged in romp over Tigers

LSU wrap-up: Bama not challenged in romp over Tigers

That Alabama defeated LSU in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night to retake the reins of its own playoff destiny wasn’t really a surprise to those who are familiar with Alabama’s recent seasons.

What’s surprising is that the Crimson Tide wasn’t really challenged at all by an LSU team that came into the game ranked second in the nation behind the running of RB Leonard Fournette and a quarterback who had yet to throw an interception.

Alabama didn’t just beat LSU Saturday night. Alabama made it look … easy.

Previews 2014: LSU Tigers

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Previews 2014: LSU Tigers

For LSU to remain at or near the top of the SEC heap, some things will have to improve from where the Tigers left off in 2013. LSU has issues at quarterback, linebacker and along the defensive line. But the Tigers seem to do some of their best work when people underestimate them and their too-weird-for-words coach Les Miles.

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Bama in 2013: How will Tide fill holes in recruiting?

At least every five years, beloved stars, respected role players and former prospects who didn’t pan out rotate through the system, replaced by signing classes full of 18-year-olds all confident that they’ll be the next big things in town. For the coaches who recruit and later instruct these players, the summer offseason is the primary evaluation period for rising prospects – although, to the chagrin of many, the process really begins much earlier than that.

Here is a first look at Alabama’s recruiting needs and a projection for how many the Crimson Tide will sign as 2013 progresses.

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