LSU vs. Alabama


Sunday, November 28, 2021

LSU Offense vs. Alabama Defense
RB Jacob Hester's ability to grind out yards between the tackles gives the LSU offense a physical presence to complement its explosive playmakers. Though he doesn't have great speed or the ability to make defenders miss in the open field, Hester reads his blocks well, gets through the hole quickly and rarely goes down with the first hit. That doesn't bode well for an Alabama defense that's implementing a 3-4 defense this year. The Crimson Tide admittedly ran three-man fronts over the past two seasons. However, new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele made the 3-4 his base defense and some of the personnel he inherited have struggled to make the adjustment or aren't good fits for the scheme. This is especially true in the middle, where the play of ILB's Rolando McCain, Darren Mustin and Prince Hall has been inconsistent and Lorenzo Washington lacks prototypical size for a nose guard. Alabama is vulnerable to power backs like Hester as a result and Hester isn't the only back the Crimson Tide has to worry about slowing down. Keiland Williams, Charles Scott, Richard Murphy and Trindon Holliday could all get touches in relief and all four have big-play ability. The one negative for the Tigers' ground game is backup QB Ryan Perrilloux isn't expected to play after getting involved in an off-the-field incident. Though starter Matt Flynn is mobile enough to run LSU's zone option package, he isn't as dangerous as Perriloux in the open field.

LSU at Alabama
LSU vs. Alabama

When: Nov. 3, 5 p.m. ET)
Where: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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