LSU vs. Alabama: Game Preview and 9Picks Prediction

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, LSU will be looking to do something no team has done this season, beat Bama.

Alabama (8-0, 5-0) comes to Baton Rouge with an explosive offense, as well as a powerful defense.

True freshman quarterback Jalin Hurts leads the Tide offense. Hurts has rushed for 521 yards and nine touchdowns, while passing for 1549 yards and five touchdowns.

Running back Damien Harris has rushed for 697 yards, averaging 8.0 yards per carry.

Wide receiver Calvin Ridley has 43 receptions, 504 yards and five touchdowns.

The defense allows under 15 points per game and just 274 yards of total offense.

Reuben Foster, an explosive linebacker, has 53 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss.

Jonathan Allen leads the team with six sacks and 10 quarterback hurries. The defensive lineman has 35 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.

Linebacker Ryan Anderson has 29 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.

Baton Rouge native Tim Williams has 6.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss, eight quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles.

Minkah Fitzpatrick leads the team with three interceptions. The defensive back has 29 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Fitzpatrick will move to safety against LSU, replacing injured All-American Eddie Jackson.

Keys to victory:
The offensive line needs to protect Danny Etling.

Etling will need to hit a couple of downfield passes and the short pass when needed for a first down.

Leonard Fournette must go wild, 31 yards will not do it.

The Tiger defense will have to contain Jalen Hurts and the Bama run game, making the offense rely on Hurts' arm to win the game.

Can LSU overcome any early adversity, staying calm and sticking to the game plan.

Dave Aranda vs. Lane Kiffin. What a great chess match.

9Picks Prediction:
LSU will have to play a near-perfect game to beat Alabama. Last year, the Tide held a frustrated Leonard Fournette to 31 yards. Fournette and Jamal Adams, two Tiger leaders, addressed the team this week and are fired up for Saturday's game. Fournette will not have to win the game for the Tigers, but he will be one of the main reasons LSU takes down the Tide. 
LSU 24, Alabama 23

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