Armageddon in Tuscaloosa: Keys to Victory in No. 1 LSU at No. 2 Alabama Game

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Armageddon in Tuscaloosa: Keys to Victory in No. 1 LSU at No. 2 Alabama Game
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#1 LSU at #2 Alabama: Does it get any bigger than this?

At 8 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, November 5, 2011, Armageddon will strike in Tuscaloosa Alabama, as the No. 1 LSU Tigers will put their 8-0 record on the line against the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide. This may as well be the National Championship Game, because these two teams are undoubtedly the two best teams in the entire nation.

Remember the first Armageddon game between Michigan and Ohio State in 2006? Michigan was 11-0, Ohio State was 11-0, and the two battled in Columbus for the Big Ten Championship and a spot in the National Championship Game. I don't know if this year's LSU/Alabama game carries as much hype as that legendary game did, but honestly I don't think the hype can get any bigger.

LSU is 8-0 for the first time since 1973, and they have won each of their eight games by double digits, if that doesn't spell dominance I don't know what does.

The Tigers' defense is stout, ranking third in the land in points allowed only yielding 11.5 a game. Their offense is rather dominant as well, ranked 13th in points per game with 39.3. Senior QB Jarrett Lee is completing 63 percent of his passes along with an excellent 13:1 touchdown to interception ratio.

While on the subject of dominance, let's take a look at Alabama. The Crimson Tide as well have won each of their eight games by double-digit margins. This defense could play in the NFL, as they are ranked first in the nation in points allowed with, get this, 6.9 points per game.

This defense isn't even giving up a touchdown a game, that is staggering. On the offensive side of things, the Crimson Tide rank 12th in the land in points per game with 39.4, and a lot of that is thanks to Heisman Trophy candidate Trent Richardson.

Richardson has been nothing less than an absolute beast this year, rushing for 989 yards on 149 carries, which is good for over six-and-a-half yards a carry. This monster also has 17 rushing touchdowns. According to an interview with ESPN's Tom Rinaldi, he can bench 475 lbs., and that's only what the strength coaches limit him to. Good luck stopping him LSU, you're going to need it.

Let's look at the keys to victory for both of these power houses, as they prepare for the game of the century.

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