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You have a month to prepare for the biggest football game of the season against a team you already played and beat 9-6 and you come out running the same thing?
Congratulations to Alabama. The Crimson Tide came out with some new wrinkles, passed the ball on first down on every series in the first half and simply executed.
Totally out-coached, out-played and out-classed.
LSU, behind Jordan Jefferson, did not attempt a pass over five yards in the first half.
The game was lost in the first half.
Hard to believe LSU wanted the football first and then came out with a horrible game plan.
Alabama knew they had to change things up and came out with a great game plan.
LSU only scored six points against Alabama during the regular season (not counting overtime), yet felt they could do the same thing. I guess they felt Nick Saban would not have his team ready for the option this time around. Not to mention the fact for the 100th time that Jefferson is not an option quarterback.
Just take a look at the first down plays in the first half.
Alabama came out with A.J. McCarron passing to Brad Smelley for a 15-yard play. Second series, McCarron hits Darius Hanks for 15 yards on first down.
Third series, incomplete pass.
Fourth series, McCarron to Trent Richardson for five yards.
Final series of first half, first down pass to Richardson for six yards.
And they had McCarron rolling out to avoid big rush. Brilliant strategy.
Meanwhile, across the field (might as well have been across the Gulf), Michael Ford over right guard for two yards on first down.
Second series, after Alex Hurst has first of two false start penalties, Kenny Hilliard over right guard for three yards.
On the third series, Jefferson hits Odell Beckham for eight yards on first down with five minutes remaining in first quarter.
Next series, Jefferson to Beckham for no gain on first down.
Final series, Hilliard for two yards over left end.
My son, Jake, asked if Gary Crowton was back in the booth.
Some strange play-calling indeed.
Russell Shepard played only three plays. This is the guy who had the big catch in the first meeting.
At halftime, Alabama had 225 total yards to 43 for LSU.
It's the only time I knew a game was over when it was only 9-0 at halftime.
There were nine different times LSU faced third and at least three.
The Tigers ran the ball four times and threw a pass for a loss a fifth time.
The final time was a third-and-four on LSU's opening drive of the final period, trailing 15-0 and looking as lost as Billy Graham and the Pope on Bourbon Street.
Credit LSU's defense for hanging tough throughout. Incredible job by these guys who should sue the offense for non-support.
Credit Alabama for making great adjustments from the first game. They truly dominated on defense.
It would have REALLY been ugly against any other team but LSU. Go ahead Oklahoma State, ask for a plus one. I dare ya.
I would have liked to have seen Jarrett Lee get in for at least a series just to see if it would provide some kind of spark. The offense was not going anywhere anyway.
Miles should have gotten some clue Jefferson was not going to be on his game after the way he looked against Arkansas and Georgia.
It took dynamic plays by Tyrann Mathieu to ignite the Tigers in those games before the bruising running game took over.
There would be no bruising the Alabama defense Monday.
It was one of those nights in the Superdome.
Sometimes you are the hammer, sometimes you are the nail.
LSU got nailed on Monday night.
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