Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Link: Breaking down LSU-Alabama
By ESPN.com staff
The Game of the Century: LSU at Alabama. By kickoff, this matchup will have been dissected more than a dead John Doe on "CSI." Already I have stats overload.
This is LSU's first-ever regular-season 1-versus-2 game; Bama's third since 2008. ... During the last 40 years of this rivalry, the road team has won 27 times. ... The last time a No. 1 beat a No. 2 in a non-bowl game was 2006. ... Bama ranks first in rush defense, pass efficiency defense, total defense and scoring defense. LSU ranks no lower than fifth in any of those categories. ... The Tide has allowed exactly one 100-yard rusher in its last 55 games and is 25-1 in its last 26 home games. ... LSU is attempting to become the first team since 2004 to begin and end the BCS standings ranked first. ... Bama quarterback A.J. McCarron has thrown one interception since the Tide's opener. ... LSU's Jarrett Lee has thrown one INT the entire season. ... Bama has given up one fourth-quarter TD. ... LSU is ranked second nationally in all-important turnover margin. ... Bama has given up only 14 plays of 20 yards or longer -- best in the nation. LSU is tied for third with 19.
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
If we're going to break down the game, then let's look at the real coaching matchup between Bama's Nick Saban and LSU's Les Miles.
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