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LSU's offensive line looks to rebound from poor results against Alabama

LSU's offensive line looks to rebound from poor results against Alabama

The Crimson Tide remains on top of the rankings and hosts Mississippi State on Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium at 11 a.m. The last five regular season losses to Alabama all came after open dates the previous week, and LSU had two or fewer losses entering the Alabama game in each of the previous five seasons.

Unfortunately, by now it seems patently obvious that LSU's fate will be to wait Nick Saban out in order to achieve the promise of those expectations. For all his achievements, Hurts is still just a freshman, and Alabama relies heavily on other underclassmen too. Butch Jones may be on the hot seat as well, as his team has lost three in a row after coming into the season with promises of national contention and conference domination.

Allen was thrust into the Heisman discussion following the Tide's game against Texas A&M where he recorded his "Superman" sack of Trevor Knight and returned a fumble for a touchdown. The defensive line is also formidable with great pass rushers like Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall.

There is no admission to the contest which will be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network (Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge) and simulcast streaming video on SEC Network+ and on Watch ESPN. "Let's take care of the day, and let's take it one game at a time, and that remains".

Mississippi State is 0-8 SU in its last eight games against Alabama. QB Sean White is the league's most efficient passer but the Tigers need to get more consistent making plays downfield.

"Then put your little hand in mind", the clock radio plays, but it's really Alabama's defense singing through Fournette's helmet ear hole. The Tigers' defense is also among the SEC's best.

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Richardson, who was a Heisman Trophy finalist at Alabama in 2011, played the role of LSU star running back Leonard Fournette as a member of Alabama's scout team last week in practice. But that's a big if.

Missouri face off against SC looking for their first win in the SEC, while the Gamecocks are looking to build from their upset victory over the Vols. They don't matchup very well with the Aggies but they'll be relishing the opportunity to knock them off. "We've got to make sure we get back up and learn from the game and make sure that we focus on Arkansas".

On 18 first-down plays, LSU averaged 2.3 yards. That kind of beating can leave a mark, and many Tigers (5-3, 3-2 SEC) admit it did exactly that in past seasons. If the Tigers are going to get back on the winning track Etling will have to get back to being adequate in the passing game. Their defense is so dominant and their offense can win in multiple ways. Kentucky also could pay dearly for its 45-7 loss to Florida back on September 10. While they are no longer in contention for a divisional crown, the Rebels need to pad their resume and look impressive doing so if they hope to make it into a meaningful bowl game.

Remaining schedule: Tennessee Tech, Kentucky, Missouri, at Vanderbilt. Ever. Nebraska, with two straight losses, now needs to win out and have Wisconsin lose to get into the Big Ten Championship game.

Tennessee was my BUST last week after they dropped a game to SC when it just didn't seem feasible for that to happen. It will be senior night for the team and the last home game of the season.

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