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Alabama-LSU may have very well been the game of the century and while LSU may have won, Alabama won this game on paper and was a kicker away from winning this game.
First to the kicker. Alabama's Cade Foster and Jeremy Shelley both kicked a combined 12 points wide left and right after the Alabama offense put them in great positions to capture early momentum and take control of the game.
Furthermore, Trent Richardson decimated the LSU defense in the first half, and while LSU did make successful halftime adjustments, the Heisman hopeful still ran for 3.9 yards a carry and was able to counter the aggressive Tigers defense.
The reason Alabama lost this game was because of their lack of a kicking game that night forced play-calling and offensive strategy to change. After Nick Saban realized that he could not "settle for the field goal" in order to win the game, Alabama was forced to air it out deep down field. This is what led to the interception by Marquis Maze.
If these two teams met again, Alabama would be able to replicate their "hit 'em hard, hit 'em often" strategy and come away with a win, especially with Saban knowing his kickers limitations before the game.