Russo: I Can't See LSU Scoring Enough To Beat Bama

LSU has the defense to hang with Alabama. The offense, however, is a different story...

The DA Show
October 31, 2018 - 10:51 am

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No. 3 LSU (7-1) hosts No. 1 Alabama (8-0) in perhaps the college football game of the year Saturday night, and all anyone wants to know is this: Do the Tigers have a legitimate chance of beating the Tide?

Well, it’s complicated.

“They’re a good defensive team,” AP college football writer Ralph Russo said on The DA Show. “(They have) an NFL-loaded secondary. They literally ave four guys who will probably be drafted – and drafted pretty highly – in the secondary.”

Indeed, LSU has been stout defensively this season. The Tigers held Miami to 17, Auburn to 21, Ole Miss to 16, Georgia to 16, and Mississippi State to three. They rank seven in the nation in scoring defense (15.1 points per game).

There’s just one problem: Alabama leads the nation in scoring offense (54.1 points per game).

“Here’s sort of the bottom line,” Russo said. “I can’t imagine any defense – and this is the best defense Alabama has faced by far – holding Alabama to 24, 21. That just doesn’t seem very likely unless LSU gets a lot of help from Alabama in terms of turnovers and big special-teams plays and things like that.”

LSU, by the way, has had trouble moving the ball – and scoring. The Tigers rank 61st nationally in scoring offense at 30.4 points per game.

“Can LSU beat Alabama with a game in the 30s?” Russo asked. “LSU’s got the 99th-ranked offense in the country. A lot of what they did against Georgia was success on fourth down and turnovers as far as getting all those points. It’s really hard to come up with a scenario where LSU gets into the 30s, and I think that’s where you have to be to at least have a chance against Alabama. Listen, they’ve been putting up 40 and 50 on everybody.” 

LSU is 4-1 against ranked teams this season, while Alabama is 1-0.

Kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET.