LSU vs. Alabama Why Both Offenses Will Surprise in National Title Game

T.J. McaloonContributorJanuary 5, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 05:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against Stefoin Francois #23 of the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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LSU vs. Alabama Part I was a defensive struggle that made people who love the high-flying, high-scoring, move-the-ball-up-and-down-the-field style of play hate college football for just one night. 

However, those of you who are turned off from this game because of the outcome from that first contest don't have to worry about their rematch being like Round 1. This time around, not only will both teams score at least one touchdown, this game will shockingly be an offensive shootout, and here’s why. 

Trent Richardson will lead Alabama’s offense 

Despite gaining a combined 169 yards in their first meeting, Trent Richardson was in every sense contained by the LSU Tigers defense. That LSU game was the only time the Heisman Trophy finalist and Doak Walker Award winner was held without a touchdown this year. 

However, this time around Richardson will not only find a way to score, but he will gain more than 100 yards rushing. 

Since the three games after the loss to LSU, Richardson has not gained fewer than 120 rushing yards and has scored in each game. His hot stretch of games, where Richardson has rushed for 127, 175 and 203 yards, will lead him to have a huge game against LSU in the BCS National Championship Game. 

LSU’s rushing attack will overwhelm Alabama’s defense

In the first meeting, LSU ran all over Alabama’s defense with 148 yards, averaging 10.1 yards per carry on 41 attempts. 

LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson was among the rushing leaders on LSU, with 43 yards on 11 carries. However, Michael Ford led the LSU charge with 72 yards on the same amount of carries. 

His 6.5 yards per carry led the Tigers offense when the passing attack was failing. 

Coming into the BCS National Championship Game, Ford is not playing his best football, failing to rush for more than 100 yards in the four games since the win versus Alabama. However, LSU as a team has rushed for four straight games of 200-plus yards, with three of those four games rushing for 250-plus yards. 

LSU will punish the Alabama defensive line, which will enable the Tigers to find their way into the end zone more than once. 

Final score 

Because of the rushing attacks, it will lead to a bigger point total compared to their first game. These two teams have had enough time to figure out how to defeat these defenses, unlike their last game when they only had one week between games. 

The final score of this game will still be low, but at 24-21 in favor of LSU, it will feel like a replay of the Rose Bowl between Wisconsin and Oregon.