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LSU 10: Big performances needed

BATON ROUGE, La. -- With LSU going through its bye week, updating the LSU 10 isn't necessary. So we altered it, looking at 10 players who need to have big games for LSU to beat Alabama.

1. QB Zach Mettenberger: LSU's deep stable of running backs gives LSU an offensive threat, but for the Tigers to have any chance at putting up points against the nation's best defense, Mettenberger, 12th in the SEC in pass efficiency, is going to have to be better than he's been this season.

2. DT: Bennie Logan: There will be a lot of discussion of quarterbacks and skill players, but any LSU-Alabama game will be won in the trenches. Logan and the LSU defensive line will have their toughest test of the season and need to step up.

3. OT Josh Dworaczyk: The same is true on the other side of the ball. Last time LSU played Alabama, the Tigers' offensive line was embarrassed. They have to be much better Saturday.

4. RB Spencer Ware: He's a tough runner, good blocker, good receiver and even a potential dangerous passer. If Les Miles pulls a trick out of his famous hat, it could involve the most versatile player in his RB stable.

5. OG La'el Collins: Whether the Tigers run behind Dworaczyk or Collins on the left side, or if they run to the right side with Collins pulling to lead he way, he's going to be a big part of it if the Tigers are able to establish a running game.

6. LB Kevin Minter: LSU's leading tackler is going to have to minimize Alabama's running game to force A.J. McCarron into long-yardage downs.

7. P Brad Wing: In a defensive struggle like this one promises to be, being able to flip the field will be crucial, so Wing is going to have to be at the top of his game.

8. CB Tharold Simon: One of the underrated aspects of Alabama's offense is its quality wide receivers. Simon and LSU's young cornerbacks will have to play a big role.

9. WR Odell Beckham, Jr.: He's LSU's best chance at big plays in the passing games and might also be able to make a play as a punt returner.

10. K Drew Alleman: Every point the Tigers scored in two games against the Tide last year came off the foot of Alleman on three field goals. He could be a factor again this season.