Thursday, July 31, 2014

LSU at Alabama

Alabama and its impressive defense host LSU's powerful running game in Week 10.

LSU offense vs. Alabama defense
• LSU could win or lose this game based on the outcome of its first few drives, and it needs to get QB Jarrett Lee into a comfort zone. One way to do that is to get the ball to WRs Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham on various screens and quick-hitting underneath throws. Randle and Beckham are dangerous after the catch and capable of taking low-risk throws and weaving their way to first downs, or at least to manageable situations on subsequent downs. Another way to get Lee comfortable is to establish a running game, though the ground attack will have to be supplemented by short throws on first downs against an Alabama defense known for loading the box with eight or nine defenders on first down. If the Tigers can pick up yards on short throws early it can then go back to its more traditional rushing attack in manageable second-down situations. However, based on what we've seen of Lee on tape, it will be tough to get him into rhythm on pass-heavy downs, because the Crimson Tide uses so many varying fronts (three- and four-man looks) and coverage looks (Cover 2, Cover 3, matchup zone, man-to-man, man-zone combo, quarters). It's doubtful Lee can rise to the challenge of deciphering so much different information, so the running and short passing games will be even more important.



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