Alabama Must Set the Tone Early Against LSU

Denny Medley-US Presswire

When it comes to describing what the atmosphere will be like for Saturday’s University of Alabama and LSU Tigers game, hostile may be an understatement.

Alabama has taken their show on the road four times this season, but those atmospheres have been anything but intimidating.  The opening weekend against the University of Michigan was in a neutral environment, the University of Arkansas didn’t have starting quarterback Tyler Wilson, and Missouri and Tennessee were just happy the Crimson Tide didn’t hang 60 points on them.  Some people say there is no place like home, but truth is for Alabama there has been no place like the road as the Crimson Tide have scored over 40 points in each game away from Bryant Denny Stadium.

Yes, life on the road has been a life of ease for the Crimson Tide. However, Saturday will not be one of those days.

90,000 plus “well hydrated” fans are certain to be extra “rowdy” for this game, which means there is one thing the Crimson Tide must do in this game: quiet them down early. Fortunately for Alabama, that has been their M.O. all season long.

Alabama has outscored opponents 208-31 in the first half, scoring 104 points in each of the first two quarters of play.  Simply put, they are the fighter that hits, and hits, eventually knocking out their opponent in the early rounds. However, as mentioned before, this will not be one of those days.

Offensively, it will be important for Alabama to move the football down the field and punch it into the endzone.  In the last two meetings, that has been the Achilles heel of the Crimson Tide against the LSU Tigers-settling for field goals too often.  For the Crimson Tide defense, it will come down to doing what they have been doing all season long. However, if Alabama can take away the run early, and force a turnover, especially via interception-it could go a long way toward making it a long night for the Tigers.

However, if the Tigers can hit a couple big plays early or even hang close heading into the fourth quarter, the crowd will be in LSU’s favor throughout and the Tide’s championship dreams could diminish in Baton Rouge.

The countdown is on.

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