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By Chris Bates

     This week in college football is one of the best in recent years.  This week will go a long way to deciding what teams will potentially play for the national championship and what team or teams will suffer their first loss.  It all starts with the biggest game of the weekend that takes place in Tuscaloosa.  #1  LSU faces #2 Alabama in a clash of the 2 best teams in the SEC.

LSU vs. Alabama

     This matchup will be all about defense.  Both teams are top 5 nationally in total defense, Alabama ranks 1st and LSU is 4th.  Bama only gives up 180.5 yards per game total, their defense is relentless and loves to get after the quarterback.  The Crimson Tide have given up just 6 touchdowns all season.  LSU gives up 251 yards per game and has allowed just 10 touchdowns all season.  This game will be the best one of the season by far and one of the best games of the decade.  Both teams offenses do an excellent job of not turning the ball over.  Alabama is known for their tough running game.  Bama running back Trent Richardson is just 11 yards shy of 1,000 for the season and quarterback A.J. McCarron has been efficient this year throwing 10 TD’s and only 3 interceptions.  LSU uses 2 quarterbacks, Jarrett Lee (1,250 yards, 13 TD 1 INT.) and Jordan Jefferson (123 yards, 2 TD 0 INT).  Jefferson was suspended for the first 3 games of the season after an off-season incident where he was arrested for stealing campus computers and other supplies. 

Keys to the Game

      Whichever defense can put more pressure on the opponent will have the upper hand.  Obviously with Alabama being at home they have the advantage (5 point favorite) but LSU is a great night road team.  The Tigers are 30-1 in their last 31 road night games, and  21 of those wins were against ranked opponents.  LSU will be ready for Bama, no question about it.  The question is can LSU’s offense do something that no team has done yet this year, score on Alabama’s defense.  This game is the epitome of SEC football, hard-nosed defense and hard-hitting.  For LSU to win this game, they must do what they do best, control the time of possession.  Keeping Alabama’s defense on the field will wear them down making them vulnerable and susceptible to the big play.  Jarrett Lee has been accurate this season and has shown he can be an every down quarterback in the SEC. 

      For Alabama, they must run the football.  Although, LSU ranks 3rd nationally in rushing defense (only allow 60 yards per game) they have the running backs to give the LSU defense fits.  Trent Richardson is a bruising back who will run through you and over you.  Eddie Lacy is the change of pace back for Bama but is also another hard  runner.  The Crimson Tide has been able to score this season because of their running game.  It forces teams to bring their safeties up allowing for play-action passes and big plays on the sidelines by quarterback A.J. McCarron.  Look for this to happen in this game.

Prediction

      Neither quarterback is an NFL quarterback but both are efficient and smart players.  Whichever defense can cause more turnovers will win this game.  I give the edge to Alabama slightly because the game is being played in Tuscaloosa.  I have thought all season that Alabama is the best team in the country and I think they will prove that on Saturday night.  The game will be a defensive struggle but in the end the Crimson Tide will win.

ALA: 16 LSU:13

   Other interesting college football games are on tap for this weekend including Texas vs. Texas Tech and Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma.

    Texas comes in ranked 21st in the country despite not having beaten a ranked team this season.  Texas Tech is coming off their worst loss of the season losing 41-7 at home against Iowa State.  That came a week after they upset the Sooners in Norman 41-38.  Texas is 13th nationally in total defense, but they have not played an offense ranked in the top 50 nationally.  This is the first real test for the Longhorns.

  For Tech, they must get back to playing their no huddle fast-paced offense which they got away from last week.  Texas has struggled against the no-huddle offense this season, losing to both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.  If Tech can run their offense like they should, I see them defeating the Longhorns.  Seth Doege is a great quarterback for the Red Raiders and the Longhorns have a young secondary.

Final Score: TTU: 38 TEX: 24.

OU vs. Texas A&M

    The Aggies are unranked for the first time season after blowing another double digit halftime lead.  The loss to Missouri at home was the 3rd double-digit halftime lead the Aggies have blown this season.  Before the season started, people were circling their calendars for this game as a potential Big 12 championship/national title contender game.  Texas A&M is 2 or 3 plays away from being undefeated but they have had trouble stopping the pass this year which is really somewhat of a mystery considering their secondary is full of seniors.  The Aggies are last in FBS football vs the pass.  OU is coming off a 58-17 thrashing of then undefeated and #8 Kansas State in Manhattan.  The Sooners still have a shot at the National Championship if they can win out.  Their 31 game home winning streak was snapped by Texas Tech in their last game in Norman.  Look for the Sooners to start a new home winning streak this Saturday.

Final Score: OU: 48 A&M: 30