For the second straight time in a big game before a national audience with plenty of attention on the game, Alabama’s defense struggled to slow down the opposition. SEC Network host Paul Finebaum said that is a troubling sight.

During a roundtable discussion on ESPN’s “Get Up” with Desmond Howard, Mike Greenberg and Marcus Spears, Finebaum laid out what he called “dangerous trendlines” for the Crimson Tide.

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“We’ve had two consequential games for Nick Saban, he’s played Clemson and he’s played this one,” Finebaum said. “He got shredded by Clemson by 28 points, he was getting blown out in the first half here. You have to start wondering when he could rebuild this defense. Now, it’s patchwork, it’s not going to happen this year.”

Howard added that Alabama linebackers were a liability in the loss to LSU. Greenberg added another alarming aspect of the LSU win is that the Tigers may have outschemed Alabama.

“From an offensive standpoint, they found a weakness that Alabama has shown all season long,” Spears said. “… Alabama struggled against the University of Tennessee to stop the run. I’m sure they paid attention to that tape. I did not know the loss of Dylan Moses would be this prevalent.”