Bcs No. 1 & No. 2 Face Off With Lsu At Alabama-quickchm

Football The Top Two teams in the Bowl Championship Series standingswho happen to be not just in the same conference, but in the same division of that conferencewill face off this Saturday in Tuscaloosa as second-ranked Alabama plays host to top-ranked LSU in what would otherwise be a national title matchupbut it’s just a huge regular-season contest. How much is on the line? The winner stays in first in the division and has the inside track to the conference championship game, which then means the inside track to play for a national championship. The loser might just be left out of both processes. This game marks just the 25thregular-season meeting (since 1936) of teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country, with the last one .ing in November 2006, when No. 1 Ohio State edged No. 2 Michigan, 42-39. LSU has won six of the last eight meetings with Alabama, including a 24-21 win in Baton Rouge last year. LSU Tigers The Tigers are .ing off a bye week following a 45-10 win over Auburn at home two weeks ago. LSU has scored 35 or more points in each of its last five games, with three of those games against nationally ranked .petition. Overall, the Tigers have faced five ranked teams and have two more on the schedule (Alabama, Arkansas). The Tigers are one of the best defensive teams in the country, allowing just 11.5 points and 251 total yards per game (76 rushing, 175 passing). This group has recorded 19 sacks and forced 18 turnovers. Brandon Taylor (48 total tackles), Erie Reid (43) and Tyrann Mathieu (42) lead the unit in tackles. Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo both have four sacks apiece, Morris Claiborne has three interceptions, and Mathieu has four forced fumbles and three recoveries (two of them returned for touchdowns). Offensively, the Tigers are very balanced in scoring 39 points per game, averaging 189 yards rushing and 183 passing. Spencer Ware and Michael Ford lead this strong rushing attack, .bining for 953 yards and 12 touchdowns (4.6 yards per carry). Jarrett Lee has been highly efficient, .pleting 63 percent of his passes for a modest 1,250 yards, but has 13 TD passes with just one interception. His offensive line has allowed just seven sacks. Reuben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr. are the top targets for Lee, posting 60 .bined catches for 972 yards and nine TDs. Claiborne averages 29 yards per kickoff return and has a 99-yarder for a TD this season. Alabama Crimson Tide Unlike LSU, Alabama has played just three ranked teams so far this year and has two more on its schedule (LSU, Auburn). However, like LSU, the Tide are .ing off a bye following a dominant 37-6 home win over Tennessee two weeks ago. Alabama has not allowed more than 14 points in any game this season, and has allowed 10 or fewer six times (including two shutouts). The closest game was a 27-11 win at Penn State. Like LSU, Alabama is here because of its defense, which ranked first nationally in scoring defense (seven points per game). Overall, the team allows just 181 yards of offense per game (136 passing, just 45 rushing) while posting 17 sacks and forcing 14 turnovers. Dont’a Hightower and Mark Barron lead this unit with 46 and 40 tackles, respectively. Courtney Upshaw has 4.5 sacks to lead the team, while DeMarcus Milliner has two interceptions (eight different players have at least one) and Upshaw and Dre Kirkpatrick have two forced fumbles apiece. The Tide have two interceptions returns for TDs this year. Similar to LSU, Alabama is very balanced in its offensive attack, but is more prolific. The team averages 39 points and 457 yards per game, with 229 yards per game rushing and 228 passing. Trent Richardson leads the potent run game with 989 yards and 17 TDs, averaging nearly seven yards per carry. A.J. McCarron quarterbacks the offense by .pleting 67 percent of his passes for 1,664 yards and 10 TDs with just three interceptions. His offensive line has allowed just seven sacks all season. With that time in the pocket, he’s been able to find seven different receivers with 10 or more catches, led by Marquis Maze with 39 receptions for 482 yards and one score. Maze averages 13 yards per punt return and nearly 30 per kickoff return this season, with an 83-yard punt return for a score this year. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: