LSU vs. Alabama: How Trent Richardson Can Win the Heisman Trophy vs. Tigers

Nicholas GossCorrespondent INovember 4, 2011

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 15:  Running back Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs for a first down against Mississippi on October 15, 2011 at Vaught- Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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Alabama running back Trent Richardson can take a major step forward in his quest to win the Heisman Trophy if he has a great performance against the LSU Tigers in Saturday's epic SEC clash.

Richardson has rushed for 989 yards this season, with an astounding 17 touchdowns. His ability to find the end zone has really helped the Crimson Tide this season.

Not only will Richardson's performance against LSU this week be crucial to his chances of winning the Heisman, he will be the most important factor in Alabama's chances to win the game.

The LSU defense is second in the nation in points allowed, giving up just 11.5 per game. The Tigers have to stop Richardson or they will lose. 

The Tigers offense doesn't have the playmaking receiver or running back that can beat the Crimson Tide defense time after time and cause problems.

Richardson with a great performance will lead the Crimson Tide to a convincing win. The Tigers defense isn't very big, but they are fast and athletic.

Richardson matches up well against this defense. He has speed of his own and sees the field very well.

His elusiveness and juke moves will be effective this week, and if he can get good blocking from the powerful Alabama offensive line, he could have a major day.

Richardson is the key to Alabama's chances at winning this epic game and taking another step toward the BCS title.

Every past Heisman Trophy winner has a marquee game in which they make a statement and show America they are the most outstanding player in college football.

Trent Richardson has the best opportunity to win the Heisman Trophy that a player could ask for—a matchup against the No. 1 team in the country with everything on the line.