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Saturday, November 8, 2008
Halftime: Alabama 14, LSU 14


Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Alabama isn't making a convincing case for being the best team in the country.

And there's still the matter of whether or not the Crimson Tide are even the best team on the field Saturday.

Alabama and LSU are tied at 14-14 in a game that's been more sloppy than anything. The two teams have combined for five turnovers in the first half.

The only reason the Crimson Tide are not trailing is LSU redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Lee, who has had a horrid first half.

The Tigers have played some of their best football of the season on the offensive line with 154 rushing yards at the half. They're doing to Alabama what nobody has been able to do all season -- run the football.

Remember, Alabama was second nationally against the run coming into this game.

As well as LSU is playing up front offensively and defensively, the Tigers are going to have to get more consistent play from Lee in the second half. He's 4-of-16 passing in the first half and threw his sixth interception of the season that was returned for a touchdown.

Alabama safety Rashad Johnson picked off an errant Lee pass over the middle and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown with 4:33 to play in the second quarter.

If Lee can just be serviceable in the second half, you've got to like the Tigers' chances.