Alabama-LSU Predictions: 3 Keys to Alabama's Revenge in National Championship

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 6, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 05:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is tackled by Eric Reid #1 of the LSU Tigers during their game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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When the news came out that we would all wind up with a regular-season rematch in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, there were mixed reactions across the country.

Some fans were happy to see the top two teams pitted against each other in a grueling rematch.

Others felt that teams like Stanford or Oklahoma State were more deserving for a shot at the title of national champion.

That's a whole different debate for another day.

Right now, let's focus on the game that will actually be happening.

No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama will face off in a rematch of the 9-6 overtime victory for the Tigers back in early November.

The Crimson Tide are seeking revenge. Here are three keys to them achieving that revenge and victory this time around.

 

1. Special Teams

This one seems like a no-brainer after the original matchup between the two teams.

Although special teams is often overlooked, it is one-third of the game.

Alabama has a slight edge on defense. They also have a slight edge on offense.

However, LSU has a clear advantage on special teams. If you need proof, just go re-watch the first meeting between these two teams.

If it wasn't for some easy missed field goals, we'd be talking about a different team as the sole undefeated team in the country.

This is likely going to be another low-scoring, close game. The Crimson Tide can't afford any mistakes again from the special teams unit.

 

2. Barrett Jones

We aren't talking about Oklahoma State vs. Stanford. This game isn't going to feature 70 points like West Virginia put up on Clemson.

This is old-school football. Tough defense and grinding it out on offense.

If Alabama is going to win this game they need to get a little more production out of the running game this time around.

That won't be easy. Last time the two teams faced off LSU held Alabama to just 3.1 yards per carry.

Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy may be able to find more holes this time around.

Offensive tackle Barrett Jones didn't play the first time these two teams met. This time, the stud offensive lineman will be on the field.

He may not get much recognition, but he could be one of the big difference makers.

 

3. Alabama's Secondary

The linebacking corps and defensive front typically gets the most recognition when you think about the hard nose Crimson Tide defense.

Everybody wants to talk about the Honey Badger and LSU's secondary. Let's not overlook what Alabama brings to the table.

LSU's quarterbacks have combined for 21 touchdowns and just four interceptions this season.

Two of those interceptions came in the first meeting between these two teams. Yes, half of LSU's interceptions this year were thrown to Alabama defenders.

LSU's offense managed just 91 passing yards in that game. If the Alabama secondary can play like that again, they have a good chance at shutting down LSU yet again.