With LSU coming off of a much needed bye week of rest and preparation, it has become time for the match up everyone has been waiting for. LSU vs. Alabama. Alabama has dominated this rivalry in recent years, coming up victorious in the last 8 games the two teams have played against each other. LSU was hungry for revenge and were on a tear to change the narrative of this highly touted rivalry. There was a lot of speculation on if Alabama’s Heisman contending quarterback would play or not after coming off of an ankle injury suffered three weeks before, but as most expected he made the start.
This game had all the hype around it. Two top 3 ranked opponents facing off on Alabama’s home turf, and LSU came out firing on all cylinders. The game stayed close in the first quarter at 10 to 7, but Alabama had made many key mistakes including a fumble inside of the 10 yard line as they were looking to score early. These mistakes would cost them in the end. In the second quarter LSU ripped the game wide open, capitalizing on all of Alabama’s mistakes and putting 23 points on the board to only 6 from Alabama. Going into halftime LSU led 33 to 13 and had all the momentum, but everyone knew Alabama head coach Nick Saban would make the right adjustments to give his team a chance to comeback.
That he did, Alabama held the Tigers scoreless in the third quarter as the put up another touchdown to carve into the 20 point lead. They started leaning heavily on their running back Najee Harris, and he was not being denied. Alabama out scored the Tigers again in the fourth quarter, 21 to 13, but their comeback was not enough. The Tigers would be leaving Tuscaloosa with a 46 to 41 victory against their biggest opponent.
This game showed just how special and strong this LSU team is. Ending an 8 game draught vs. the Tide. Joe Burrow was nothing short of amazing as he threw for 393 yards and 3 touchdowns, but the real hero proved to be running back Clyde Edwards Helaire. Helaire ran for 103 yards and 3 touchdowns against an always impressive Alabama defense. He added 9 catches for 77 yards and another touchdown through the air. The first time a runningback has scored four times on a Nick Saban coached team.
After this week it is a no-brainer that the Tigers are the number 1 team in the country, and the rankings will reflect that.