Can LSU walk the talk?

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  1. jfosh

    jfosh Super

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    Can LSU walk the talk?

    Baton Rouge.....

    For the second year in a row LSU is ridin high after an emotional win against rival Auburn. This euphoria has lead LSU coach RynoAid to call his shot again. Many on the Bayou think this brash young coach should stand down. Ryno talked about "rolling the tide" in 09 and posted similar musings in 2010.

    There's one problem. LSU couldn't back up the talk last year, mustering up a whopping 3 points in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers have home field this year making for slightly tougher prey but this doesn't change the Tide for LSU.

    2009 Game Recap

    #8 9-1[​IMG] V. #13 7-2 [​IMG]

    Weather: 50% chance of rain.

    Line: Alabama -2.5



    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7 Column 8
    Bama Offense LSU Bama Defense LSU
    5390 Total Off 5514 2755 Total 3569
    2485 Pass 2105 2012 Pass 2457
    1696 Rush 1827 743 Rush 1112
    42.8 PPG 39.8 185 Pts Alw 259
    16 PTD 21 31 Sack 19
    29 RTD 21 10 Fumb 9
    18 Sack 16 15 Int 13
    8 Int 21
    3 Fumb 9


    QB

    Bama: Absent from the rivilary game is the nations passing effiency leader. Alabama's Greg McElroy is still nursing a pectoral strain suffered in the the Tides lone loss at Tennessee. Insert (rs) So. Star Jackson. Jackson doesn't bring to the table McEleroy's arm, accuracy, or poise. Jackson has been the mop up man for the Tide in his two seasons at Alabama. He was thrown into the fire at Tennessee after McElroy's injury. Jackson started last week against Mississippi St and guided the Tide to a win.

    LSU: LSU faces a similar situation at QB. Jr. Jordan Jefferson is questionable (strained shoulder). Jefferson sat out practice early in the week and was able to take snaps with the first team on thursday. If Jefferson can't go you'll see true So. Russell Shepard calling the signals. Shepard has blazin speed and more rushing attempts than passes on the season. Who ever is under center don't look for LSU's game plan to be effected.

    Advantage LSU

    Running Backs

    Bama: Alabama's Heisman hopeful Jr. Mark Ingram will shoulder the load for the Tide. Ingram leads the nation in rushing TD's. Ingram is an all-around back that has the speed and elusiveness to be dangerous outside and possesses top notch acceleration to power through holes on the inside. The Tide's running game is complimented by an Ingram prototype (rs) Fr. Trent Richardson and FB So. Mike Marrow.

    LSU: (rs) Fr. Michael Ford will carry the rock for the Tigers. Ford has matched Alabama's backs with 1190 of his own. Ford's problem has been protecting the ball. He has coughed it up 6 times this season to Ingram's 0. Backup Sr. Richard Murphy is a more brusing style of runner and you will see him near the goal line. Murphy leads the Tigers in TD's with 8.

    Advantage Bama

    WR

    Julio Jones vs. Terrance Toliver. Your seeing 2 great receivers in this one. Jones grabs a slight edge here. He is just a more polished pass catcher but not by much.

    Marquis Maze vs. Chris Toliver. Both solid wide outs with good speed.

    Kendall Kelly vs. Adam McLure. Kelly is a younger version of Jones and can be very slippery in the open field. McLure is a high IQ receiver which makes up for any lack of speed.

    Advantage Bama

    O-Line

    A slight edge to Alabama here. LSU's line lacks Alabama's strength and seasoning. Next year the Tiger's hogmollys could be truly dominating

    Advantage Bama

    TE

    Tightend's for these squads are pretty even. They are all threats in the passing game and can block in the running game. But the advantage lies with LSU. LSU has 37 catches by TE's vs. 22 for the Tide.

    Advantage LSU

    Defensive Line

    Alabama's strength is on the interior but on the outside the Tide are not the Tigers equal. LSU's edge rushers are both strong and fast.

    Draw

    Line Backers

    LSU doesn't possess a dominating player or the depth of Alabama at this position. Sr. Rolando McClain lacks in equal on the field in this one.

    Advantage Bama

    Secondary

    There is no comparison here. LSU is ladden with upper class talent at all the positions in the secondary. There may be nobody better in the country at his position than SS Harry Coleman.

    Advantage LSU

    Special Teams

    Check mark to LSU in this area. Bama has struggled in the field position game all year. Don't look for Alabama's true freshman kicker to bail them out in this one.

    Advantage LSU
     
  2. RynoAid

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    DATELINE: BATON ROUGE, LA

    LSU comes into this game knowing that only a win will keep them relevant in this years post-season action. With 2 conferences loses already, they must beat Alabama tonight and hope for a Tide win in the Iron Bowl over Auburn to have a crack at the SEC title.

    Alot of people around Baton Rouge feel that the best days for this program are in the coming years... With a stable of young QB's and a freshman RB that is one of the best in SEC, and the unbelivable OLine recruits the last 2 years, the offense is young and talented.

    But don't tell that to a defense that is Senior laden and hungry for success THIS YEAR. All Americans Courtney Hawkins and Harry Coleman are pointing to this game as a the defining moment in their college careers.

    The one huge question tonight for Tiger fans is whether Jordan Jefferson will be healthy enough to be under center. The Junior QB has struggled again this year with turnovers, but his leadership is critical for this young offense.

    Russel Shepard is explosive and will be a threat in his own right if Jefferson can't go, but the Sophomore has very little big game experience under his belt... although when he has played, he's been a huge part of the big wins vs Auburn the last 2 seasons. If Shepard plays, expect to see alot more movement from the QB position.. im sure the coaches will look to get this kid on the edge of the defense and make them respect his wheels.

    Expect more updates today as were on campus all day giving you the inside info on the Bayou Bengals leading up to tonights huge game.
     
  3. jms493

    jms493 Veteran Member

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    LSU -2.5 Alabama

    Home Field Advantage and momentum are in LSU favor.

    Not totally impressed with either players performances vs users this year, very inconsistent. Especially when behind. I expect a close one but Bamas running game to take over in the 2nd half. LSU will force a pass under pressure for a pick 6 in the 4th that will seal the game.
     
  4. NYJuggalo45

    NYJuggalo45 Walk On

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    I'm taking LSU in this one. Ryno is coming in off a high beating Auburn. And with his sig..he better put up or shut up lol
     
  5. Hellisan

    Hellisan Schemin 'em up

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    I'm actually gonna take 'bama, just because I think Fosh is due. It hurts that he doesn't have his starting QB though. Makes it very difficult on him, but he has played so far below his usual standards lately that I think he is due to have a better than average game.
     
  6. BRUCE80

    BRUCE80 Let the dirt just shower over you..

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    I am going to go LSU in this one. I have played both teams this year.

    I think home Field and a healthy team puts Ryno in the drivers seat.
     
  7. jfosh

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    LSU gets ready for the big game.
     
  8. RynoAid

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    damn son... delete that photoshop from your hardrive if you can't do any better than that.
     
  9. RynoAid

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    Alabama should be ashamed of themselves if they lose this game....
     

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