Alabama beat down LSU.
Do not give wishy-washy excuses for why LSU lost the game. Sure, there were penalties. Sure, there were turnovers. Sure, there were bad calls.
At the end of the day, though, the men in red made more plays than the boys in white.
The Tigers were prepared for Saban's trick play in the third quarter after a timeout. However, the Crimson Tide still converted their fake punt while making LSU look like rag dolls. After the conversion, with the game still tied 17-17, Alabama scored the final 21 points to win 38-17.
Instead of battling adversity, LSU decided to quit playing like it did in the first half.
In the SEC, games are won in the trenches more often than not. The LSU offensive line was putrid, as it could not block linebacker C.J. Mosley and the Alabama defense.
Alabama rushed for 193 yards, with 125 of them coming in the second half. LSU rushed for 43, with minus-16 in the second half.
The LSU offensive line also mailed it in on LSU's final drive, allowing Alabama to sack quarterback Zach Mettenberger three times. On the final one, left tackle La'el Collins was blasted into Mettenberger's knee by defensive end Adrian Hubbard.
The Tigers had spectacular evenings from Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. Mettenberger had his moments too, but without a running game and a crumbling offensive line in the second half, the LSU offense was bound to hit a wall at some point.
Alabama center Ryan Kelly told Duane Rankin of the Montgomery Adviser that AJ McCarron often treats his offensive line to dinner. "You know, burgers, steaks," he said.
Mettenberger should buy his blockers cafeteria tomato slop with spam and sprouts on top.
The defensive line was just as poor. There was no penetration or big plays behind the line of scrimmage. Only Jermauria Rasco had a tackle for loss on a play where he went unblocked.
The front seven of the Tigers was consistently being pushed backward as the Tide continued with simple running plays. T.J. Yeldon and the Alabama offensive line battered LSU with body blows even Floyd Mayweather would find impressive.
The secondary made its usual mistakes, overmatched by the receivers standing across from it. McCarron completed 70 percent of his passes for 179 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
During his postgame press conference, Miles acknowledged (h/t WWL.com) that his defense missed opportunities to tackle Yeldon, but the sophomore running back made weary defenders miss, which led to a chunk of his 133 yards on 25 carries.
LSU fought valiantly, with flashes of brilliance—especially early in the game. Heads should not be completely held down.
However, championship teams know how to finish. The team now going for three straight national championships finished strong while the team with three losses withered like flowers in the winter.
What else should LSU fans expect from the Tigers?