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LSU wrapup: Tide wasn’t great, but it was relentless

LSU wrapup: Tide wasn’t great, but it was relentless

For a time during Alabama’s last-minute drive to tie the game and its lone series in overtime to win it, it seemed like every player who had ever been a part of a negative play in Alabama history was taking turns coming onto the field and redeeming himself.

Adam Griffith, who had missed a 27-yard kick early in the game, made another 27-yard kick to tie the game. Christion Jones, whose senior season has been one missed opportunity after another, made the catch of his life to set up Griffin’s game-tying kick. O.J. Howard set up Jones’ catch with several short catches of his own. And then Nick Perry, whose greatest sin as a safety in Alabama’s defense is that he’s not as good as Landon Collins, broke up a pass on the game’s penultimate play.

LSU preview: Suddenly, Tigers are a major roadblock for Tide

About a month ago, LSU was 4-2, coming off a 41-7 pasting at the hands of Auburn, and a lot of college football fans and pundits alike were writing the Bayou Bengals’ obituary.

But things change in an instant in this game. LSU’s alleged slide into mediocrity continued the following week with a 30-27 near-loss at Florida, a game many people believe the Gators would have won had Florida not suspended QB Treon Harris over off-the-field allegations that eventually proved false.

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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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LSU preview: Tigers looking to play the spoiler role in T-Town

For the entirety of Nick Saban’s tenure as Alabama head coach, the Alabama-LSU game has held special meaning, and not just because Saban used to coach in Baton Rouge.

Almost every year the two teams have met, something important has been on the line for both teams, usually involving the SEC West lead or even a top-5 ranking. But this year is a bit different. While Alabama comes into the game ranked No. 1 in the country and with much still to play for, LSU is all but out of both the national title race and the race for an SEC championship.

And it wasn’t completely unexpected. LSU suffered substantial losses on the defensive side of the ball after the 2012 season concluded, and this is not the throat-choking juggernaut of a team that is has been in previous seasons. LSU is a rather average 50th in rushing defense, and the secondary, while still very good, isn’t filled with the same lockdown-style athletes as opponents are accustomed to facing. But offensively, this team has gone from being strong to very dangerous, thanks to an upgrade at the offensive coordinator position.

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2013 Fall Preview: LSU Tigers

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2013 Fall Preview: LSU Tigers

LSU was hit harder by graduation and early NFL entry than most other SEC teams. But an experienced offense, an upgrade in offensive coaching and a strong overall talent level give Tiger fans hope that LSU can be a surprise team on the national stage. Continued development at the quarterback position and answering questions at linebacker and on special teams will be the most important tasks for Les Miles’ staff going forward.

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BCS recap: Alabama’s win leaves no doubt about what a champion is

For a month, Alabama waited silently. The players and coaches waited while media members cried about an injustice done to Oklahoma State or Stanford, or that defense-driven football games were boring, or that the SEC wasn’t what football really was due to its NFL-like commitment to defense over sandlot offense. For a month, basically, Alabama had to endure a bunch of crybabies bawling because their milk wasn’t sweet enough.

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LSU wrap-up: Mistakes likely doom Bama’s chances at title

n TideFans.com’s pregame preview that went to press three days before Alabama hosted LSU, the following was written about what would decide the fate of the Crimson Tide: “(I)n every category where games like this are usually won – quarterback play, defensive line, special teams – you find the words ‘advantage: LSU’.” Check, check and check.

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LSU preview: No hype too big for battle of juggernauts

Alabama is seeking revenge for a loss in Baton Rouge last year, and both teams are trying to reach the BCS Championship Game with an undefeated record. The loser of this game might be out of the national title picture despite being perhaps the No. 2 team in the country. The winner might as well apply for membership in the NFC North.

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LSU Tigers Preview

While the Crimson Tide has been at the top of most polls, LSU finds itself well in the hunt, and ahead of Alabama in many aspects.

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