Alabama vs. LSU: Why the Tigers Pose a Threat to the Crimson Tide

Josh HousmanCorrespondent INovember 2, 2012

Nick Saban and Les Miles square off in a rematch of the National Championship Game last season
Nick Saban and Les Miles square off in a rematch of the National Championship Game last seasonKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier recently proclaimed that Nick Saban's Alabama team could beat an NFL team. Whether or not you agree with this claim, you have to acknowledge that if a rival head coach gives a team that kind of praise, an undefeated season and a national championship are very realistic expectations.

While it is highly unlikely that Alabama's college team could take down a stronger and faster NFL squad, is there a college team that is capable of coming out on top against the Crimson Tide? 

So far, Michigan (the No. 8 team in the country at the time) and Mississippi State  (No. 11 at the time) have not only lost to Alabama, but they have been embarrassed. Alabama won those games by 27 and 31 points, respectively. 

This weekend, Alabama faces its toughest challenge yet in a rematch of last year's BCS National Championship Game. They are traveling to Baton Rouge to take on Les Miles and the No. 5 LSU Tigers. 

If any team has a chance of beating the Crimson Tide, it's the Tigers. They are 7-1 and are in the fourth week of a five-week stretch in which they play five nationally ranked teams.

LSU may not have Alabama's defense, but it is formidable nonetheless. The Tigers have a strong enough offense led by quarterback Zach Mettenberger and, most importantly, a head coach who knows how to coach in big games and isn't afraid of Nick Saban and his undefeated Alabama team. 

LSU has extra motivation after Alabama deprived the Tigers of an undefeated season last year, thanks to an embarrassing 21-0 loss in the BCS National Championship Game. LSU defensive tackle Bennie Logan made that clear:

There are a lot of scars from that national championship game. You will see it on the field. The loss in the national championship game had a big impact on us. Going into last season, we had set goals like winning the national championship. Bama took that from us. They took that national championship ring. We want to show the world that we have bounced back from that loss.

Alabama is still the heavily favored team by many, but LSU has the best chance of any of the remaining teams on Bama's schedule to ruin its story-book run.