Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Poll: Another defensive struggle looming?
By Chris Low
The SEC's two titans -- Alabama and LSU -- meet up for a third time in 12 months on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, and the last thing anybody is expecting is a shootout.
In their regular-season affair a year ago, they went into overtime, and neither team scored a touchdown. LSU pulled out a 9-6 victory in a battle of field goals.
In their rematch in the BCS National Championship Game, LSU was kept out of the end zone once again. Alabama rolled 21-0, but kicked five field goals and scored the game's only touchdown with less than five minutes to play to seal its second national title in the past three years.
So that's one touchdown between these two teams in their past two meetings.
The defenses on both sides are just as good again this season. Alabama is ranked No. 1 nationally in total defense, and LSU is ranked No. 3. The Crimson Tide haven't allowed more than 14 points all season. The Tigers haven't allowed more than 22 points all season, and have kept teams to 14 or fewer in five of their eight games.
Odds are we're in for another classic defensive struggle this weekend.
Here's your chance to tell us in our SportsNation poll how many points you think will be scored in the game.
Go ahead and cast your votes, and we'll go over the results later this week. For what it's worth, the boys in Vegas have the under at 42.
Sounds a bit high to me.