Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network stops by Off the Bench to preview LSU-Alabama, starting with the match-up in the trenches.
“It’s a very interesting match-up,” Cubelic said. “I wonder how committed Alabama (is) to the run game. Will Alabama come out and try to impose their will? Even if they call it, it doesn’t mean that they’re going to run it.”
The Tigers’ defensive strategy is going to feature the LSU font holding strong, Cubelic said.
“I wonder, without Divinity, if maybe Dave Aranda thinks he can sit nickel in this game,” Cubelic said. “I don’t anticipate this LSU front just getting bullied. The good news for LSU: I don’t think Najee Harris has great vision.”
Offensively, the Tigers’ front will have to dial in, Cubelic said.
“The only reserves I have with the LSU offensive line (is) how much ball have they played together,” Cubelic said. “I think Thaddeus Moss is the key to that group in this game.”
Cubelic dropped a stat that favors the offensive line.
“Here’s the kicker: Joe gets it out quick,” Cubelic said. “LSU averages the fewest amount of protecters per pass play of any team in the SEC.”
The key to LSU’s success is the passing game, Cubelic said.
“If LSU wins this game,” Cubelic said, “they have to be really good over the middle of the field. Joe’s been good there all year.”
Tua Tagovailoa’s injury is something to focus on for the Tide, Cubelic said.
“If there’s a concern, it’s his mobility,” Cubelic said. “Just because they don’t use it in designed quarterback run plays doesn’t mean he can’t scramble. He’s still going through physical therapy. There’s no way he’s doing anything close to what full-speed game (action) is going to be like.”
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