(2) LSU at (4) Alabama
LSU: What a season Les Miles and the LSU Tigers are having. When I see this team, I see a lot of that 2011 group that made it to the National Championship that year. They play with such poise and patience and they have a balanced unit on offense. Leonard Fournette has been a man amongst boys this year for LSU. He’s single-handedly the best player in the country and more than likely the frontrunner to win the Heisman. Brandon Harris has had many question marks surrounding him as the season approached and he’s improved greatly as the season has gone along. Next to Fournette, he’s a very vital piece to the puzzle for this LSU offense. He’s thrown a total of seven touchdown passes in his last three games. After being ranked second in the first set of College Football Playoff rankings, this is their biggest game of the season. A showdown with the rival Crimson Tide of Alabama.
Alabama: After their one and only loss to Ole Miss in September, Alabama has slowly but surely yet very quietly got back on track. Two very big and quality wins on the road against Georgia and Texas A&M are what caught my eye during their winning streak and they had to grind out a victory against Tennessee who hung with them from the beginning. Derrick Henry has been a work horse for their offense and Jake Coker even told the media that he’s as good as the other running backs that people tend to mention in the nation like Fournette and CJ Prosise at Notre Dame. Just like their opponent tonight, Jake Coker has improved a lot since he was named Alabama’s starting quarterback. A lot of people were outraged by the playoff rankings and saw that Alabama had over jumped undefeated Michigan State, TCU and Baylor and they’ll enter this rivalry game with a big chip on their shoulder.
Prediction: Whenever these two meet up, they are always low-scoring and physical affairs that are normally decided in the fourth quarter or overtime. The gameplan for LSU is simple. Brandon Harris has to attack that Alabama secondary early on. That’s been their biggest weakness. For Bama, limit Fournette’s runs in the open field and make another one of their offensive weapons beat you. I like Bama to win this one. Alabama 20 LSU 17