Saturday, November 3, 2012
Low-scoring game predicted on Bayou
By Chris Low
We asked you earlier this week to predict how many points would be scored Saturday night in the Alabama-LSU showdown, and it's pretty obvious that nobody expects to see a shootout.
Not even close.
Keep in mind that these two teams have combined for just one touchdown in the past eight-plus quarters against each other, which includes the overtime game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last season. Alabama scored that lone touchdown in January's BCS National Championship Game when Trent Richardson ripped off a 34-yard scoring run with 4 minutes, 36 seconds to play. Otherwise, it's been all field goals in the past two games between these teams -- 10 to be exact.
In our SportsNation poll, more than 4,700 votes have been cast, and 41 percent of the voters are predicting that the total number of points scored in the game will be between 26 and 35. A close second, picked by 38 percent of voters, was 17 to 25 points. Third, the choice of 10 percent of voters, was fewer than 17 total points.
In two games a year ago, Alabama and LSU didn't combine for 40 points.
And going all the way back to the 2008 game, neither team has scored more than 24 points in regulation against the other.