AJ McCarron calls out signals for Alabama's offense.
LSU and Alabama have been perennial contenders in the nation's best conference for quite some time, so when they meet up, it always causes a ruckus.
However, is next week's matchup between the No. 1- and No. 6-ranked teams in the nation really as exciting as it is being made out to be?
Here are five reasons the Crimson Tide will blow out LSU next Saturday.
The Crimson Tide have been outright dominant in every matchup this year. Ole Miss gave the Tide their toughest test of the year, and Alabama won that game 33-14.
The defense is the best in the nation, allowing only 8.3 points per game, the offense has been run to perfection with junior quarterback A.J. McCarron at the helm, and they have the best coach in the nation in Nick Saban.
Even though the Tigers had the week off, they are running on fumes. The game against Alabama is the team's fourth game against a ranked opponent in a row.
LSU has barely won the last two weeks against South Carolina and Texas A&M, winning by a combined seven points.
While quality opponents, Alabama is far better than both the Gamecocks and Aggies.
The main issue surrounding the Tigers has been the inconsistency in quarterback play. Zach Mettenberger has not had more than 20 completions in any game this season and has only broken the 200-yard mark twice—against Towson and Idaho. His bad play came to a head against the Aggies. Mettenberger was only 11-of-29 for 97 yards.
Despite not putting up big numbers, Mettenberger has not turned the ball over. He has only four interceptions this season. However, the Crimson Tide defense will give the junior quarterback and the 112th-ranked passing attack fits next Saturday.
Ware has been the starter since Alfred Blue was lost to injury against Idaho but also has the fewest total yards of anyone in LSU's backfield.
Jeremy Hill has emerged as a solid option in the backfield, but the freshman back has not faced a defense like Alabama yet.The offensive line has also been less-than-stellar at times not allowing the running game to get on track.
The Tigers have talent at the wide receiver in Odell Beckham and Kadron Boone, but Mettenberger's tendency to miss open receivers severely undermines their value.
LSU needs a victory Saturday to stay in the hunt for a BCS berth, but it is unlikely that they get one. It's not a knock against LSU. Alabama has looked head-and-shoulders better than every other team in the nation this year. With a loss against Alabama, LSU would fall to 7-2 in the SEC and would not be in contention for the SEC championship game.
While the game will be the contest of the weekend to watch, do not expect a tight game down the stretch. The Crimson Tide will make the Tigers pay for sloppy play and a less-than-stellar offense will cost LSU dearly.