Last night the LSU Tigers failed to knock off the undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide when they lost 10-0 in front of a hostile environment at “Death Valley.” This year’s contest was somewhat similar to the 2011 game in which the Tigers won 9-6.
The LSU defense did all that they could against an Alabama offense that is one of the best in the nation right now, but when the defense is on the field for too long without support from the other side of the ball, they start to give up big plays like the Tigers did last night. LSU has the swagger that is needed to contend for a National Title on a yearly basis, however; the most important piece to putting it all together is still missing.
The important part that I am talking about is a viable option at the quarterback position. Tigers quarterback Danny Etling has done an exceptional job as team’s starting quarterback, however; he is not the type of signal caller that they need going up against teams like Alabama. LSU needs an unconventional style quarterback that can keep the Alabama defense guessing at every snap.
Last night, the LSU offense could not get anything going against Saban’s Crimson Tide defense. Star running back Leonard Fournette rushed for only 35 yards against Alabama yesterday. It has been stated many times before that you cannot run a conventional style offense against Alabama and expect to come out victorious.
I thought coaches would have learned from how the Clemson Tigers performed against Bama in last year’s National Championship game. Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson had one of the all-time performances going against a Nick Saban coached defense. Saban even admitted that Watson is “the best player in college football since Cam Newton,” what do Deshaun Watson and Cam Newton have in common?
They are quarterbacks that are capable of playing an unconventional style of football. LSU needs to get the quarterback position figured out before they can start talking about beating teams like Alabama. Brandon Harris is a great athlete, but he is not capable of doing the things that Deshaun Watson is capable of doing playing against a program like Alabama.
When facing teams like Alabama, a quarterback must be dangerous with both his arms and his legs. Throwing the football on your terms is not a winning recipe against the Crimson Tide. Yesterday, the Tigers did just that, Danny Etling only passed for 92 yards and one interception.
Interim coach, Ed Orgeron has only three games left to prove that he is capable of becoming the Tigers full-time head coach. However, if he does get the job, he better makes some serious changes to the Tigers offense, if not we will witness the same outcome next year when the game is played in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
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