10. Remember Les Miles is a “you gotta risk it to get the biscuit” type of guy. His coaching style does not echo Oregon’s Chip Kelly, but he does take a chance or two in situations where the crowd may be caught thinking inside the box. The man is playing each game with two quarterbacks. What do you expect?
9. Nick Saban’s even-keeled attitude during recent press conferences about Saturday’s matchup is all bologna. Pay attention to the Alabama sideline when there is QB-receiver miscommunication or LSU scores. Saban’s face will turn crimson.
8. Tyrann Mathieu, Tharold Simon and Spencer Ware have all been reinstated and in practice. Even though you may have seen a complete domination against the Auburn Tigers without them, there is no debate that LSU needs them more than ever against Alabama. They will all be fired up and present during the matchup.
7. LSU’s rush defense will have their hands full. Trent Richardson is the undeniable second candidate for the Heisman trophy behind favorite Andrew Luck, the Stanford QB. Richardson is a force through gaps and leaving it up to Tyrann Mathieu to tackle him if he penetrates the front four may leave LSU vulnerable to that huge gain.
6. Les Miles has a much better nickname than Nick Saban. The Mad Hatter? I mean how much more isolated in greatness can you get?
5. Spencer Ware is no bottom feeder. Even though there are other running back options on LSU’s team, Ware is definitely the most attractive prospect at trying to pierce Alabama’s defense next to Michael Ford.
4. LSU-Alabama is the determinant for one of the positions in the BCS Title game without a doubt. It is a precursor. After the decision is made there will be a ripple effect in BCS standings as Stanford and Oklahoma State will move a step closer.
3. There will not be overtime. Momentum will be incredibly important between these two teams. Whoever gets to two scores first will be the winner. Mark my words.
2. Ball distribution is very important. There are seven different receivers that A.J. McCarron has allowed to have double-digit receptions. On the other side of the ball, only three LSU receivers have double-digit receptions with the majority of them going in Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham’s direction.
LSU’s corners are much more athletic than Alabama’s but LSU will have the task of covering many more targets than Alabama will be forced to. LSU must figure out a way to utilize more men so that the game can be more effective in the air.
1. The Jarrett Lee-Jordan Jefferson tandem must be sorted out and each must be used in a more systematic way. Les Miles will probably use both of these men, but if one fares far better than the other against Alabama’s defense, he will be the young man that plays out the rest of the game. Les Miles understands how important this game is to everything LSU has accomplished this season. All loyalties will be set aside.