LSU vs. Alabama Rematch: Watch the Top Highlights from the First Game
Alabama fans are very familiar with the fact that the Crimson Tide moved the ball seemingly at-will over the LSU defense. They did that as long as they stuck to the plan.
These highlights are mostly of the reasons 'Bama should come out with championship No. 14 on January 9th. Some are of the reasons we're not the 2011 SEC champions.
Stick around for the last slide. The video is top-notch.
Tyrann Mathieu Motivates Kirkpatrick for Round 2
Tyrann Mathieu is one of the best defenders in college football.
Tyrann Mathieu (a.k.a. the Honey Badger) is a ball hawk, and he can seemingly cause turnovers at will.
With this illegal hold committed against Dre Kirkpatrick, he drew unwanted attention to himself. Kirkpatrick will not be on the field at the same time as Mathieu (unless it's a special teams situation like the one in the video), but rest assured, Dre will be fired up for this game.
I'm not going to weigh in on the intentional/unintentional argument. The call was a good call; TM7 held Kirkpatrick. My opinion on the matter may never come to light.
What I do know is that this isn't the article for all that.
Trent Richardson Screen Pass from A.J. McCarron
Mathieu bumps him out of bounds after a breakout run off the screen from McCarron.
I don't know if there will be discussions about this in the locker room, but an oblique cut to the right would render an impact tackle useless.
Judging from the head-to-head encounter between Mathieu and Richardson in this game, Mathieu in general would be ineffective at solo tackling our beast.
Trent Richardson Rides Again
Trent Richardson gouged the LSU defense for 189 all-purpose yards. I can remember a few plays where he was open for a short pass, and he was missed.
Actually, I can remember a couple where Gibson was open for short gains. In Round 2, the execution is going to be more crucial to the victory. I don't think McCarron will be missing open receivers this time around.
If LSU is going to play man coverage in the backfield and give 'Bama three or four yards at a time, McCarron will be ready to burn them with the short game.
If they correct and overprotect the short game, Maze and Hanks will burn them with the deep ball. (Not to mention the TEs).
Alabama vs. LSU Overtime Video
The major highlight for LSU and the major lowlight for Alabama. (I promise, lowlights are a real thing.)
I can't play the "if" game here; there's not enough room. There were broken plays, and there were broken spirits all over Tuscaloosa on November 5th.
LSU came out and outperformed 'Bama when it really mattered in that game.
My hope is that the Tide has no interest in bringing that feeling around again. The Tide will enter New Orleans motivated for an unquestionable demolition of the LSU Tigers.
If it simply comes down to execution, I believe the Tide will not misfire like in November. Ironically, the very game that almost kept them out of the title game may be the reason they win it when they get there.
My Personal Favorite Full-Game Highlight Compilation
Shot and edited by Troy Gaulden
This guy's style is very appealing to me. No music overlay, no graphical gimmicks. Just plain, old-fashioned, on-the-field crowd noise and playmakers (with a dollop of band).
Don't get me wrong, music montages have their place if they are done well. This video is simply gold; that's all I'm trying to say.
It's the closest thing I've seen to being there as opposed to watching highlights of the broadcast. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.
The highlight reel is my favorite, and I can only think of one play that wasn't on there.