Hello Tiger fans! The game of the year is upon us! Every time I think about it, revenge, hatred and confidence fuel through me. I can’t stand another loss but a win would put me in shock and then celebration for days. It’s Alabama tomorrow. That is the one fact I can’t get over.
Last year LSU only had six first downs all game and Leonard Fournette was hit in the backfield all night. We did not control the line of scrimmage and we have to do that this year. Canada must conjure up ways to convert on 3rd down; triple reverses, running back passes, anything to get the first down. Nick Saban has almost certainly schemed and found ways to stop the jet sweeps and screen passes. It will be the counter plays and the trickery that will get the nation’s best defense on their toes. He needs to recognize when Alabama over commits and figure out ways to take advantage. Danny Etling can hit the deep pass but we will need to short and medium passing game to be effective. This must be Etling’s defining game as an LSU Tiger.
Last year our defense played lights out and held Alabama to the lowest score of their season. We saw Dave Aranda’s wizardry first hand. We made turnovers, contained Jalen Hurts, and tackled them in the open field. This year, we must stop their rush. Our defensive line will need to play their hearts out. Aranda has had two weeks to scheme up stunts and blitzes for our linebackers. I can’t wait to see what our defense does tomorrow night!
Jalen Hurts doesn’t have the same ability to make plays with his arm as he does with his legs. This is our key to victory. Stop the run, force Jalen Hurts to pass, and let DBU take over. If this happens, we will have a game on our hands!
Did you know, Alabama has one of the worst special teams play in the SEC? It’s true and this may be an opportunity for LSU. We have come on strong with our punting, punt return and field goals. Could this be the difference in bringing on the upset? If DJ Chark gets into open space on a punt return, or we need Connor Culp to hit a field goal, then we have a critical advantage.
It’s the biggest game of the year and the deciding factor of our SEC west title run! After all of our troubles, could it really be! We can do it! If the players have the energy that I have right now anything is possible!
As of Coach O would say, GEAUX TIGERS!