Since everyone is giving their prediction this week of the LSU-Alabama game, why should Les Miles be left out of the fun? The former LSU head coach gave his breakdown on the “Les Is More” podcast this week and was specific about what it will take to win and what the difference will be.
“The first team to 28 wins,” Miles said. “When you get there first, that’s going to be a difficult piece for that other club.”
The last time either team scored 28 in this series in Baton Rouge was a 28-14 LSU win during Miles’ second season at the helm. Alabama hasn’t scored that many in Death Valley since their 31-0 romp in 2002 over then-LSU coach Nick Saban’s Tigers. The most points a Saban-coached Alabama team has scored in Baton Rouge is 27 in a game the Tide won in overtime in 2008 during Saban’s first trip back to Baton Rouge as head coach of the Tide.
Alabama currently leads the nation in scoring at 54.1 points per game and has not scored fewer than 39 in any game this season. Still, Miles thinks the LSU secondary will be the key for the Tigers.
“They haven’t seen the secondary that LSU is going to play,” Miles explained. “They’re going to play in your face, bump-and-run, chase you all over the field and you are not getting away. The thing Alabama has been used to—and Tua has been used to—throwing the ball to guys that are wide open. These cats are fast. I mean, so are LSU’s secondary. Those cats are fast. You look at all the yardage Tua has thrown for, let me tell you something, they’re gonna’ get half that from our secondary.”
Tagovailoa is averaging 258 pass yards per game and has thrown 25 touchdowns and no interceptions. The sophomore leads the nation in yards per attempt and QB Rating.
“I don’t think Tua is going to be comfortable throwing balls to a group of men that are as closely covered as they will be versus that secondary at LSU,” he said. “I am picking LSU.”
Miles was 5-7 against Alabama during his time at LSU, but just 3-7 against Saban which included a five game losing streak starting with the 21-0 loss in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.
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