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This game will have a significant meaning if LSU can make it through the gauntlet they have in the middle of their schedule. They play Georgia, Florida, and Auburn before playing the Tide. Doesn't get much worse than that.
LSU is going to, if you can imagine it, better than last year. Thanks to a big victory over Georgia Tech in the Chik-Fil-A Bowl game, they found a quarterback that they can count on to not throw five INT's in one game.
Jordan Jefferson is a Jamarcus Russell-like quarterback that should fit into Les Miles' offensive scheme better than Jarrett Lee did last year. Of course, it isn't too hard when you have guys like Charles Scott and Brandon Lafell as your supporting cast. Scott ran all over the Tide defense last year. Although, in Alabama's defense, it was Cody's first game back and he wasn't 100 percent, but nontheless they still had their way against 'Bama.
They probably still will get their rushing yards, but with two new starters in the middle of the offensive line Cody should be able to get thru to Jefferson and make him nervous while the linebacker crew wreaks havoc in the middle of the field.
Alabama's offense might have the upper hand seeing as how they have a week off to take a look at LSU's defense. Until this defense can prove itself to be improved, I will give them no respect. They were torched last year in several games, not that the offenses they were facing weren't good, but LSU defenses don't normally give up 50+ points let alone twice.
LSU also has a brand new defensive line, except for Charles Alexander, that they are going to have to break in. So unless they step up and can smother the running game and put pressure on McElroy, which is always the key, Alabama may put up more points than last years meeting.
LSU always has the talent to contend in the SEC and with a new defensive coordinator in Chavis, I don't see how they could be as bad as they were last season, but they may have to wait a year for the schemes to sink in. I take Alabama, in regulation this time, 28-17.