Published November 1, 2011 - 1:53pm
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Armageddon in Alabama. The Battle of the Behemoths. The National Championship in November. LSU versus BAMA. Game week is here, finally. It will be the game of the decade, if not the century in the SEC and the NCAA. #1 LSU and #2, BAMA are both considered to be head and shoulders above any other school in the FBS. Both have marched towards this weekend like bulls in a china shop, leaving destruction and awe in their wake. Each team has a singular focus of hoisting the Crystal in New Orleans and both have the lumber to make it happen. The only possible road block on that highway to glory is each other. No one else comes close.
Both teams are coached by men who can get the most out of their teams in big games. Miles and Saban are both nearly invincible after a bye week and when given ample time to prepare for a big game. Each has had to deal with off the field issues. Miles has had to keep his team together through a series of player disruptions. Saban had the more compelling task of pulling his team together after tornados ravaged Tuscaloosa (something Miles faced after Katrina.) Both coaches have been tremendous in keeping their teams focused and on task throughout the season. Now their biggest challenge is on their doorsteps….preparing their teams to face the best that college football has to offer with everything on the line. The SEC West, The SEC Crown and The BCS Championship are all for the taking this Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
Here are some early stats on each team:
Under Les Miles, LSU is 18-1 in night games played on the road. Under Saban, BAMA is 26-1 at home.
Ranked Opponents faced:
Average ranks for opponents total offense:
Average ranks for opponents total defense:
Sacks and Turnovers forced:
Offensive balance (passing yards / rushing yards):