- KC Joyner, NFL Insider
We all know that Les Miles is the kind of coach who has a seemingly endless supply of trickeration plays, and once went for it on fourth down five times in a single contest.
Alabama's defense is so good that it currently leads the NCAA in scoring defense, passing defense, rushing defense and total defense. It would seem that facing a defense of that caliber would cause Miles to do like he did in the first contest between these two teams and scale back his riverboat gambler mentality.
After reviewing the game tapes and crunching some numbers, however, it becomes clear that there is a risk-taking path Miles can take in this game: throwing vertical passes against the Alabama secondary.
KC Joyner writes that if the LSU Tigers are willing to take a few risks in the vertical passing game, they'll have a good chance of connecting on some big plays against Alabama in the BCS title game.