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Alabama vs. LSU: Why the Tigers Will Win Tonight and Win It Again Next Year

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03:  Head coach Les Miles and the LSU Tigers celebrates their 42-10 win over the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2011 SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Randy ChambersAnalyst IJanuary 9, 2012

We've been waiting a little over a month for the national championship to take place between Alabama and LSU. Many may not agree with the matchup, but you can't deny the fact that this should be a great game between two SEC powerhouses.

Both teams play fantastic defense, and the outcome should come down to the wire.

With the game only hours away from kicking off, here's why LSU will not only win this game, but also repeat next season.


Better Quarterback Play

Neither one of these teams pass the ball particularly well, but the Tigers do have two veteran quarterbacks that are more than capable of making the big throws.

Alabama has a sophomore quarterback in AJ McCarron, who is improving week by week but hasn't developed enough for the Tide to completely trust him. LSU's Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee have both proved they can make the throws and become difference-makers in a game like this.

With Jefferson on the field, it also gives the defense something else to worry about with his running ability.


Better Overall Running Game

There is no running back in college football that is better than Alabama's Trent Richardson. But when you're playing the Tigers, you have to worry about several running backs.

There are four running backs on the LSU roster that have at least 300 rushing yards on the year. And all four of them do different things and will see a lot of playing time tonight.

I love Richardson and Eddie Lacy, but they're both pretty much the same running backs. LSU has a combination of different backs that have all proved they can produce. They have to have the edge in the running game as well.


LSU Hasn't Lost Yet

You get to the point with LSU where, if the Tigers haven't lost yet, it becomes really difficult to keep picking against them.

This is a team that's beaten eight ranked teams, and only three of those games were at home. LSU has also beaten every team by double-digits except for the overtime win against Alabama.

After everything the Tigers have been through this season and the battle-tested schedule they've survived, you can't pick against them.


Next Year as Well

LSU has a much easier schedule next year than it had this season. Of course, it will play the typical SEC ranked teams, but games against South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi State are all at home.

The Tigers are returning the majority of their offense, including all of their effective running backs. Losing two senior quarterbacks isn't a big deal because they don't throw the ball much anyway.

They also landed a 5-star recruit in Gunner Kiel, who could manage the game well for the Tigers.

The defense will also remain in great shape, with the roster being loaded from top to bottom with future NFL players. The defense has always been good at LSU, and that won't change even if Morris Claiborne enters the draft.

This team is loaded with talent and has a solid head coach leading the way. Don't think LSU is going anywhere anytime soon.

Randy Chambers is a B/R Featured Columnist that covers college football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or

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