When the Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers squared off in the regular season in 2011, the game was called the “Game of the Century” prior to the contest. After all, it was the top-ranked Tigers visiting the second-ranked Tide in Tuscaloosa.
Despite a very competitive game, the two teams were criticized after the contest for playing a smash-mouth, hard-nosed 9-6 game that LSU won on a field goal by Drew Alleman in overtime. Critics said that this game was boring because of its low-scoring nature.
The 2013 version of the Southeastern Conference rivalry should not have such a problem. This season, both teams have strong offenses that can put points on the board. In fact, Alabama is second in the SEC in scoring, averaging 41.2 points per game. Not far behind are the Tigers, who rank fourth in the conference at 40.2 points per outing.
Each team has multiple standouts that make their offenses soar. Alabama has quarterback A.J. McCarron, who has already led the Tide to consecutive BCS National Championships, and is looking for a third this season. Running back T.J. Yeldon and wide receivers Amari Cooper, Christion Jones and Kevin Norwood have all been major contributors to Alabama’s success this season.
On the other side, LSU brought in Cam Cameron to be the offensive coordinator this season, and he has worked wonders with the Tigers. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger has had an outstanding year, as have wide receivers Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry. And, as always, the Tigers have a tough running game, led by running backs Jeremy Hill and Terrence Magee.
Don’t expect Saturday’s game to be 9-6. However, if recent history holds form, this game could be close at the end.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.