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When LSU meets Alabama on Saturday November 5th, it could likely decide the winner of the SEC West. With the aforementioned losses to the draft and the law, this is going to an even more difficult task as before.
Alabama led by powerhouse running back Trent Richardson and a veteran defense on paper should be picked to win this game. The outcome of this game is purely dependent on how well the Tigers do in the first few games of the season.
If they manage to pull of victories against all three of their early ranked opponents, this one should be a barn burner; however, if they struggle out of the gate, look for the Tigers to get rolled over by the Tide.
Richardson could be too much for the Tigers D-line to handle, and the young, inexperienced Tigers offense could get shut down.
In saying this, the Tigers defense was ranked 11th in the nation at the end of last season and is poised for another great performance this year. If Tyrann Mathieu can rush the backfield as well as he did last season and the defensive line holds, it will provide the Tigers with a shot at shutting Trent Richardson and the 'Bama offense down.
Look for a motivated defense in this game, and the Tigers pulling it out in a close one.