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LSU prevails over Alabama in overtime

Jordan Jefferson

Okay, so it wasn’t the unwillingly anointed “game of the century” — not unless you spend your free time analyzing the art of field goal kicking. The 9-6 overtime boxing match between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama was filled to the brim with great defense, but unless you were expecting a shootout with all kinds of crazy momentum swings and off-the-wall, how-in-the-Les-Miles-did-that-work big plays, well, then you might have turned off the TV slightly disappointed.

If that was the case, I apologize. We built this one up a lot.

[/taps chest] Our bad, man.

But what were we supposed to do? We had two weeks to fill! Two weeks!

But for those who tuned in to watch the top two ranked teams in the country earn every yard, every inch they gained, then you probably turned off the TV happy — even if you were sporting a houndstooth hat. If you sat down to watch good ol’ fashioned ground-and-pound football game, you probably walked away satisfied — even if you end each sentence with “Roll Tide!”. If you were stuck in a Buffalo Wild Wings praying for overtime, you were probably elated — even if the walls were decorated in signed in Crimson memorabilia.

The modern-day sports fan is picky and cynical. “Ugh, this game was so boring! Where was the offense? These two three quarterbacks are get a ‘B’ at best!”

They also fantasize in absurd hypothetical scenarios. “If this were the Big Ten, no one would watch this game! If Julio Jones was still at Bama, it’d be different.”

Well, guess what? It isn’t, and he’s not.

What we had tonight were 60 minutes and an overtime of generally well-played, evenly-matched, hard-hitting, high-stakes football. How much more can we really ask for? Not much at all.

Okay, maybe one trick play from Les Miles. 

Come to think of it, Miles was uncharacteristically conservative tonight. No fake punts or field goals. No wacky fourth down quadruple reverses to the right tackle (is that even allowed?). No nothing. Miles gets plenty of attention — or grief depending on the situation — for his high risk, high reward philosophy, but in a tight game that was dictated by stingy defense and special teams, Miles made the correct call. Don’t put the team in an unnecessary situation, win the field position battle, and eventually, someone will more than likely make a mistake.

While more flashy at times this season, that’s been LSU’s mantra all along. That’s Pop Warner football right there, folks, and Miles has the record in big games to show for it.

And to think people have been giving that man the business. Foooorrrrr ssshhhaaammmeee.

But since we’re praising Miles, it’s only appropriate to criticize one move he made in particular: replacing Jarrett Lee with Jordan Jefferson immediately after Lee threw his first interception, only to toss Lee back in the game three series later. I get that Miles wants to use two quarterbacks, but what’s the point of inserting Jefferson if he’s going to do what Lee did? Besides, playing in the “game of the century” on national TV seemed like a decent time for Miles to put Lee back out there right away and show some confidence in him. Trying to plug Lee in later in the game turned out to be a head-scratching move paid in full by a second Lee interception.

Ultimately, it didn’t cost the Tigers the game, and Jefferson stayed in at quarterback. Thankfully, LSU didn’t have to rely on their quarterback to win. Both sides were so even for the entire game and this one just had the feeling that it would come down to a couple plays, perhaps on special teams.

That turned to be the case. Bama missed four of six field goals and LSU was able to flip the field position in some key moments thanks to punter Brad Wing. It was a close game from start to finish, so you’d expect the outcome to be determined by something like that.

Was it the “game of the century”? No. It wasn’t even the best 1 vs. 2 matchup, but it was fun to watch. So let’s cool it on the rematch talk, live in the moment and take some time to digest what was a really, really good football game. There’s a month left in the college football season. We should hope every is like the one played tonight.

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  1. polegojim says: Nov 6, 2011 1:18 AM

    Awesome game, as good as expected.

    Congrats LSU and Coach Miles.

  2. normtide says: Nov 6, 2011 1:24 AM

    Huge grats to LSU. No excuse making, championship teams play all 3 sides of the ball. None of the three QB’s looked great, but Jefferson made a few plays with his feet. Personally, I like that kind of game, two “all time” defenses leaving it all on the field. For everyone that complains about the offenses in the game, lets see your offense do more against either of these teams. Neither D seemed to tire, and backups stepped up. I would love a rematch, but don’t see that happening. I am torn over whether it should happen, tbh. SEC is SEC, if no rematch, I want to see LSU win it all. Very proud of my boys, focusing on beating AU and maybe an at large.

    Extra credit to Miles. He could have gloated after the game, maybe even deserved to, but he didn’t. He showed some class in my book.

    ROLL TIDE

  3. southernpatriots says: Nov 6, 2011 1:25 AM

    A great defensive display by both teams. Final score 9 – 6 LSU, making this the 9th victory for LSU over Alabama in the past 12 games. Miles is 3 – 2 over Saban. Miles is 5 – 2 over Alabama. Nick Saban never loses to the same coach two years in a row…until he met Les Miles.

    Miles complimented Saban and was a class act at the end of the game. We said it before and we say it again, we are glad to have Les Miles as our head coach at LSU. An Alabama homer said before the game that when Miles loses fans would be calling for his dismissal. It was absurd then. Will Alabama fans now call for Saban’s dismissal? We hope not, he is a good coach, but not as good as our coach, the record shows that truth.

    Alot of talking smack, alot of bravado and some truth. How ’bout them Tigers! We know Alabama has a great team. The best offense by Alabama was held in check by the LSU defense. ESPN heads who predicted so many things ought to apologize to their viewers.

    It is so good to win this game. Congratulations to Coach Miles, and all the coaches, and most especially the players of the LSU Tigers. You have now proven beyond any shadow of doubt that you deserve to be #1. If anyone doubts this just check the SOS after this week and after next week and so on.

    We have some most important games yet to play. Each game is important and must receive focus from the team. We are pressing toward a BCS NC as Coach Miles told his team in Spring practice this year.

    Once again, congratulations to LSU and to all LSU fans. This is a great victory and should be enjoyed.

    Allons les Tigres! Geaux Tigers!

  4. trbowman says: Nov 6, 2011 1:26 AM

    God, do Lundquist and Danielson want to have Jordan Jefferson’s babies or what?

  5. scomibord says: Nov 6, 2011 1:27 AM

    that was a defensive cage fight, they slugged it out for 4 qtrs then ot. bamas kicker let us off the hook reaulx tigers. hats off to richardson & co. they fought a valiant fight

  6. normtide says: Nov 6, 2011 1:30 AM

    No, I think our coach is about as far from the hot seat as he can be. Every year is a new one, and we play every year. Looking forward to our next one

  7. southernpatriots says: Nov 6, 2011 1:35 AM

    normtide:

    We will be glad to feed you the best Cajun gourmet cuisine next year at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. Look for the tall antenna with the purple and gold checkboard patterned pennnant or follow your nose!

    We probably should serve you some crow under glass, but we will refrain.

    Mark it now normtide, LSU has won 9 of the last 12 meetings with Alabama. Miles has won 5 and lost 2 to Alabama. Miles has won 3 and lost 2 to Saban. Miles is the better coach, and we all enjoy his sense of humor and dedicated family life since that is so important to so many of us in Louisiana.

    It was much more of a defensive contest that we envisioned. Miles out coached Saban, again, again, and again. Alabama has a great team. If they focus and prepare properly, there is no reason they will not win out the remainder of their games. Most LSU fans we know would like to face Alabama again in the BCS NC in the Superdome. In order for that to happen will take some effort on the part of Alabama and LSU and their fans.

    Once again congratulations LSU! Our alma mater, and the alma mater of our ancestors back to the early 1900s. This is one of the best LSU teams we have seen.

  8. duklover says: Nov 6, 2011 1:39 AM

    60 minutes of commercials interrupted by a few minutes of football.

  9. normtide says: Nov 6, 2011 1:47 AM

    I have to disagree. I didn’t see Saban get out coached. And, ofc, I think Saban is the better coach, that’s the joy of sports. Before the game, in response to someone else, I said, iirc, Bama didn’t lose in Baton Rouge at one point for some 30 years straight. Never disputed what has happened the last few years. It was even mentioned in this article that Miles has had a hot and cold relationship with LSU’s fans. The two coaches have plenty more match ups to play. But alas, it is time to move on. LSU has a clear path and wish them luck.

    BTW: You always would love a BCSNC, but I am old school enough to think any double digit win season is a good one. Our year is far from over, mon ami

  10. deadeye says: Nov 6, 2011 1:06 AM

    It is a fundamental coaching mistake to trot out an average field goal kicker for 45 and 50 yard field goals at the beginning of the game. Saban should have simply played the field position game when his first few drives stalled between the LSU 30 and 40. Instead he tried to force difficult field goals and ended up destroying his kickers confidence.

    Coaches understand the concept of building a QB’s confidence by giving him a couple of easy completions to start the game or second half. For some reason, not all coaches understand the same logic applies to kickers as well. That poor Bama kicker will be blamed, but truthfully it was a bad decision by Saban to keep sending him out for truly difficult kicks. Instead he should have punted inside the 20 and let the awesome Bama defense take over from there.

  11. ihateannouncers says: Nov 6, 2011 1:23 AM

    Great defense…but it wasn’t even the game of the night. OK ST and K-ST got that award.

  12. southernpatriots says: Nov 6, 2011 1:24 AM

    Deb asked us to convey her congratulations to LSU and all LSU fans on this win.

    Deb is concentrating now on the Steeler – Raven rematch tomorrow which may well be a slugfest, in more ways than one.

  13. totallydisgusted says: Nov 6, 2011 2:47 AM

    EPIC GAME! we just watched the national championship. It’s not fair the type of talent these teams stockpile year after year, but its awesome to watch. I’m a Maryland alum and also a Notre Dame fan so I’m starved for good football. Today I’m satisfied.

  14. donttouchthedirtypenny says: Nov 6, 2011 5:25 AM

    This game matched the hype. Great defense is sometimes more beautiful than great offense.

  15. hillzmickelzon says: Nov 6, 2011 5:39 AM

    So jordan jefferson, jarred lee, & a.j mccarron are big time QBs who are gettin the best coaching in the nation right?? In the all powerful SEC? You know what i saw was three QBs that could not be 2nd string at USC & im not talkin the gamecocks. Great game but future pro players but not any QBs but i can see jefferson playin wr in the pros..

  16. hillzmickelzon says: Nov 6, 2011 5:41 AM

    So jordan jefferson, jarred lee, & a.j mccarron are big time QBs who are gettin the best coaching in the nation right?? In the all powerful SEC? You know what i saw was three QBs that could not be 2nd string at USC & im not talkin the gamecocks. Great game future pro players but not any of the QBs, but i can see jefferson playin wr in the pros..

  17. Jay Olive says: Nov 6, 2011 6:04 AM

    @hillz, the starter at USC would be second string at Houston, Boise St and Stanford.

  18. canetic says: Nov 6, 2011 7:16 AM

    Great defense can help you win a championship, but you need some offense too. What happens when LSU plays OK St or Stanford and they go up 14-0? I don’ t think LSU will have too much success playing from behind.

  19. florida727 says: Nov 6, 2011 7:23 AM

    Congratulations to my “southernpatriots” friends!

    Amazing how enjoyable a game can be to watch without 4,000 points being scored. The athleticism on display last night was incredible.

    I’m still convinced the NFL could do itself a favor by simply widening its hash marks to the college width. It would truly showcase speed and make the pro game less predictable. Just sayin’…

    Hey, John Taylor, where the heck is my Fifth Quarter write-up? How am I supposed to get caught up on all things college football? Come on, man!

  20. goblue714 says: Nov 6, 2011 7:24 AM

    I don’t know what game you watched last night, but that was a terrible game. As for a rematch do we really wanna be subjected to another snoozefest? It wasn’t great defense it was terrible QB play that made that game bad. Oklahoma would beat both of these teams and I dislike OU, that’s why we need a playoff.

  21. liquidalfa says: Nov 6, 2011 7:33 AM

    I’ll take a game like that every time over a typical Big 12 OK State 52 – K State 45 game.

  22. goblue714 says: Nov 6, 2011 7:51 AM

    We were told it was game of the century, that means all aspects of the game not just defense. It was definetly no 2006 Michigan osu game, you know the real game of the century. The game I watched last night was boring. How can you be a super great team with only a great defense and RB and nothing else?

  23. Jay Olive says: Nov 6, 2011 7:59 AM

    goblue, LSU had avg QB’s in 03 and 07 – national championship teams btw, and noone would call McElroy for Bama great a couple years ago – another national championship team btw. Obviously, a good running game and great D is all you need.

  24. otistaylor89 says: Nov 6, 2011 8:15 AM

    People just don’t understand. LSU and Bama are tow of the best offenses in the country – just that they are running offenses, not throwing offenses. Look at both offensive lines and the RBs – I don’t think any other team in the country could slow them down.

    Yeah, I bet OK St, Standford and Boise St could score more than 6 points on LSU, but they would probably turn the ball over or have quick 3 and outs multiple times, putting too much pressure on their defenses.

    One of the CBS guys said last night that the two teams will be sending 10 total DBs to the NFL – that’s scary.

  25. cwinmill says: Nov 6, 2011 8:22 AM

    Canetic did you forget who LSU already played. We beat the crap out of Oregon and they have a prolific offense. No team is going to lead LSU by 14 if they can even score that much the entire game. This was the 5th top 25 team we played in 8 weeks. Two in the top 5. Both on the road. Nuff said

  26. goblue714 says: Nov 6, 2011 8:24 AM

    True, but I think this year i’ve seen teams that are complete teams. Stanford, oklahoma, boise state. when you talk rematch in the title game like some people are, I wouldn’t wanna see that. I wanna see those other teams get a shot bama had theirs.

  27. Amadeus says: Nov 6, 2011 8:31 AM

    Great defenses, no doubt, but below average at QB and WR. I’d love to see either team taking a whupping from high-octane offenses such as Wisconsin, Stanford or Okla. St. Defense may win football games at the times but the name of the game is scoring and neither LSU nor Alabama impressed in that department.

  28. goblue714 says: Nov 6, 2011 8:36 AM

    Least we not forget what happened in 06? My beloved wolverines went and played their road game against USC(rose bowl). Their was talk of a rematch but as everyone seen the home teams prevailed against the always big 10 road teams. Cmon SEC bring your teams north of kentucky in nov, i’m sorry i’m getting off point here. Anyway you never know what team is better unless they play eachother.

  29. flabtreesports says: Nov 6, 2011 9:20 AM

    Congrats to LSU, and especially to Ty Mathieu, who clotheslined his way into being the best CB on the field for the last few minutes. Put a leash on that clown before he costs you 15 at the worst time.

  30. baredon says: Nov 6, 2011 9:37 AM

    Great game..

    But I liked the shot on TV (twice) of the Bama man who looked like he would have traded his wife/girlfriend in a heartbeat for 6 points…

    Way too intense…..!! It’s just a game…

  31. southernpatriots says: Nov 6, 2011 9:37 AM

    flabtreesports: We agree! We are an extended family of LSU alums, genetically and generationally connected to the purple and gold, and we were shocked and dismayed at the actions of Tyrann.

    His clothesline was so stupid and _____ (we just don’t have words for it.) We have emailed the LSU football department this morning asking them to look into suspending Tyrann again and giving him some counsel. If LSU does not suspend him, maybe the SEC will? (They would if they were the Big 10 and LSU was Michigan State.)

    From what we understand, his fellow team mates are on his case heavy about what he did, among the many reasons, because his actions could cost LSU a win in a close game such as that one was. Odell is not happy with him, as other players are likewise. Maybe peer/teammate pressure will help.

  32. thefiesty1 says: Nov 6, 2011 10:01 AM

    Great game! Although I like a little more offense. ….and it didn’t come down to clock management like I figured.

    Geaux!

  33. jeremyb91 says: Nov 6, 2011 10:18 AM

    If anything this game showed that neither team has good QB play and could struggle against an equally as good team who has better QB play. I was shocked at how terrible LSU’s Lee and Jefferson played in addition to Alabama’s McCarron.

    It was a great defensive performance, but Matt Barkley or Andrew Luck could put TD’s up on these defenses.

    2011 is a down year for college football as the best teams would get smoked by previous year’s teams. There are some great players coming out, but no real dominant team right now, rather a bunch of good teams.

  34. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Nov 6, 2011 10:27 AM

    Those who have read my post before know without a doubt that I’m a huge LSU fan, with that said I was some what a little disappointed with the Honey Badger for clotheslining the defender, but like him or not, he does get in to players head.
    All great players, like that of Jordan, Gresky, Lewis, and the great Ali, was some of the biggest trash talkers of all time (I am by no mean is puttig Tyrann in those companies, that was just an example).
    Earlier in the game, Tyrann caused a receiver to move before the snap, in this kind of game, that was a huge five yard… You have to take the good and the bad with him…I wouldn’t want him any other way (except maybe he needs to know when to do it).

    Now as for Saban, there was almost no doubt in my mind that the kicker would miss the field goal, it was like de javu all over again, but this time as an opposing coach.
    Does anyone know how many field goals Lsu missed in big games when Saban was coach here? I remembered one of the first thing Miles said he would do was to fix our kicking game. It is small things like that that wins big game like this. When I realized that the game will be matter of field advantage and field goals missed or made, that is when I knew without a doubt that Lsu would win.
    Now its time for me to go put up my “LSU is gurantee to win” clothes til next time and go pay homage to the football gods for a great game, great outcome, and most important of all, no one got seriouly injuried on both side!!!!

  35. tigersgeaux says: Nov 6, 2011 10:41 AM

    thecrazyasianinseccountry: Love your postings! Wish I had thought of that about Saban slighting the field goal kicker and game at LSU. You sure pegged it. A great defensive struggle all game long. One again Miles out coached Saban.

    There are some very important remaining games. Arkansas bothers me the most. I hope you will bring out your “LSU is guaranteed to win” clothes for that game, the SEC championship and then the Superdome. I am not slighting Ole Miss or Western KY but…well, you understand.

    Thanks again. Have a great week!

  36. goblue714 says: Nov 6, 2011 10:57 AM

    It’s true i’m a wolverine, but I have alot of family in Tennessee so I can’t stand alabama and i’m glad they lost. Plus saban being a former spartan getting bested by a former wolverine is all the sweeter.

  37. pudgalvin says: Nov 6, 2011 11:00 AM

    Anyone gonna bust Saban’s balls for last night? Minute and a half left with 2 timeouts and you just let the clock run? Way to play not to lose. Herm Edwards would not approve.

    Really, really good defense last night, but as a few have said, I’d like to see a team with a legit QB play LSU in the title game. I think Stanford or Boise would make for a fun title game. I think we’ve seen that LSU can handle that sort of finesse spread offense of the Oregon’s and West Virginia’s. Let’s see if they can handle a team like Stanford that likes to pound the ball but can also move the ball vertically if they need to.

  38. majorseahawk says: Nov 6, 2011 11:08 AM

    This game was disappointing. Probably the most boring OT game I’ve ever watched because both teams played like crap. Man if they were playing Stanford or Boise those two schools would come out the winners.

  39. southyank7 says: Nov 6, 2011 11:30 AM

    good gm, defense’s stepped up, QB’s avg
    this gm was NOT a instant classic sorry

  40. normtide says: Nov 6, 2011 11:30 AM

    The pac,b1g, and little 12 can keep their high offense games, the SEC will keep winning titles with our mediocre QB’s. Tyvm.

    As for Saban and the kickers. You must really be stupid or maybe it is your blind faith. If any of those missed field goals hit in regulation time, Bama wins the game. Dare I say, Saban prob knows more about football than someone posting on a blog. Saban is known as one of the best coaches in the game. You don’t see him telling you how to push that broom at your job, do ya?

  41. frank booth says: Nov 6, 2011 11:36 AM

    majorseahawk says:
    Nov 6, 2011 11:08 AM
    This game was disappointing. Probably the most boring OT game I’ve ever watched because both teams played like crap. Man if they were playing Stanford or Boise those two schools would come out the winners
    ===================================

    Really? How so? You can tell that Boise State would win because they defeated UNLV? So far, LSU has defeated Oregon when they were #3, Alabama at #2, Mississippi State (at 17), West Virginia (at 16), Florida (at 17), and Auburn at #23.

    Boise State beat Georgia. Last night’s BSU victim was rated 148 in the nation (Sagarin ratings). I guess ignorance is bliss, but neither BSU and Stanford has put together the body of work anywhere close to LSU. It would be nice if BSU would prove it on the field once in a while rather than beating the crap out of lesser teams. Only a moron would think that crushing lower teams would translate into beating the better ones. However, this kind of thinking is the lifeblood of Boise State people.

  42. pudgalvin says: Nov 6, 2011 11:41 AM

    “As for Saban and the kickers. You must really be stupid or maybe it is your blind faith. If any of those missed field goals hit in regulation time, Bama wins the game. Dare I say, Saban prob knows more about football than someone posting on a blog. Saban is known as one of the best coaches in the game. You don’t see him telling you how to push that broom at your job, do ya?”

    Maybe so, but how do you let 90 seconds run of the clock without even trying to win the game? How often do you see teams that struggle on offense for an entire game get into a 2 minute drill and move the ball? You throw a few short passes, maybe get the ball to Richardson on a screen and see what happens. If you’re smart about it, the worst that happens is you punt the ball back to LSU with about 30 seconds left. If I’m a Bama fan I’m pretty angry about that today.

  43. joerevs300 says: Nov 6, 2011 11:43 AM

    One has to wonder about Saban’s playcalling and decision-making late in the 4th quarter.

    The only plays that really gashed LSU were the plays to the edges with Richardson (I counted 4 screens/passes to the edge to him that gained 10+ yards each). Indeed he was out of the game for 2-3 of Alabama’s possessions. Were they just trying to keep him fresh?

    And then, the most inexplicable one of all: Putting Maze in on special teams, who then proceeded to allow that 73 yard PUNT (Yes, SEVENTY THREE YARDS). I have NEVER seen a punt that long except in Madden when you change all the sliders. If they had put in a regular ST there, and he got the fair catch, I do not think LSU’s defense could have kept Alabama off the scoreboard, and it likely would have been 9-6 Alabama, final. This is, not to mention, the “trick play” they ran down very close to the red zone where that TE let a 160 lb CB rip the ball away. He makes that catch, game over, and NO excuses, he has to make that catch.

    It was a great game, but Les Miles did the right thing and stayed conservative on the road. Saban did not, and that’s a large reason they lost the game.

  44. normtide says: Nov 6, 2011 11:50 AM

    Or, you throw a pick and they kick a field goal to win it there. This is not Boise’s D, not Wisconsin’s D, not Stanford’s D, this was one of the two elite defenses in the country.

    Pat, I understand you are happy with Miles atm, but you know as well as I do, LSU wanted Saban back bad. That’s why you burned images, bought billboards, etc. Saban rebuilt LSU, and has rebuilt Bama now. Surely you have been a fan long enough to remember Gerry DiNardo! My LSU buddies would trade Miles for Saban any day of the week. They have even admitted it after many drinks, lol. Truth is, Miles is one mistake away from the dog house at all times, where as, Saban has the full support of his fans.

  45. pandebailey says: Nov 6, 2011 12:08 PM

    I’m just shocked that NOBODY is talking about what I saw as the key play in the game – not missed FG’s or long punts, but the one chance for a TD late in the game.

    How did Nick Saban, on a first and 10 at the 28 with 11 minutes left in a tie game, go for a trick Wildcat throw to a double-covered tight end??? Bama was moving the ball and already close enough to go up 9-6 if they made a FG. When I saw the throw, I thought “Wow, dumbest call of his career!” AND I’ve watched the play 10 times and am still not sure it wasn’t at least a simultaneous catch, so Bama ball at the one. But he didn’t even argue the super-quick review.

    Really dicey play call by Saban and the ruling decided the game, but nobody even mentioned it.
    If I’m Nick Saban, I’m thrilled nobody is asking me “Coach, what made you call for a Wildcat throw at that point?????”

  46. pudgalvin says: Nov 6, 2011 12:21 PM

    “Or, you throw a pick and they kick a field goal to win it there. This is not Boise’s D, not Wisconsin’s D, not Stanford’s D, this was one of the two elite defenses in the country.”

    As I said, playing not to lose. It’s not like it’s the 85 Bears. Oregon and West Virginia both moved the ball and scored points on LSU. If you’re the best team in the country, you find a way to get 50 yards with the game on the line. When you play to not to lose, you generally don’t win.

  47. normtide says: Nov 6, 2011 12:23 PM

    Ofc, as a Bama fan I thought that should have been our ball, but thats part of the game. We had plenty of chances, 3 missed field goals say it all. Champions have to be able to hit those, and we could not.Bama is a perinial power, every year we have a shot. Thats a long ways from where we were before Saban got there.

    I will be back in LA in a few weeks, got a few freindly emails already. My wife was born and raised there, and my work sends me a few weeks a year. Last year they had a banner waiting for me, the year before I brought them all posters from our news paper. Good times

  48. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Nov 6, 2011 12:33 PM

    Thank you tigersgeaux, like wise I too enjoy your insight… My wife is a UT (university of Texa) and we have been married for alittle over ten years,…. She said that she thought she knew what being a college fan was all about, but said us LSU fans are ….. There’s no words to truely do us justice, …now thats a great compliment!!!!

    Yes normtide I will be the first to give credit where credit is due, Saban did rebuilt this great program and he will always have a special place in our heart. I have a great picture taken with him, while other so call fans burned and trashed all things Saban, I didn’t and I will never forget. He walked away from us, he moved on, you should too!

    Miles is not second in my heart, he is first and will aways be first and have my fullest confidence as head coach til, God forbid, if he decide to move on or vice versa. What Miles have accomplished, in light of the lack of support from the bandwagoon fans (true fans know what they have and they love him), he has succeed. He wins a championship, the nay sayer said he should have won more with the talents he had. Really? Are you willing to put something valueable on that?

    Please dont be known as the “ex” that thinks they can be happier with the one that walks out on them, because after awhile that shit gets a little annoying and can get down right scary. Support the person that is with you now and stopping wishing for something bettet because that too saids alot about you as a person.

    And for all those that thinks Boise or Stanford can beat either team bc of better QB, there’s nothing to say to you, they should have never let your out!! HAHAHA HA!!!!

    Once again..GREAT GAME!!! Geauxxxxx Tigeaussss!!!!

  49. sssjim7 says: Nov 6, 2011 12:34 PM

    I just want to know who will play in the SEC Championship game if Arkansas beats LSU in the last game of the season (assuming they win over UT and Miss. State)…

    Alabama beat Arkansas earlier, and now with LSU beating Alabama… IF Arkansas beats LSU and there is a 3-way tie… who would go?

    Anyone know the tie-breaking rules?

    Oh, one more interesting question… would that leave the possibility of a Boise State/Oklahoma State/Stanford NC game???? It seemed impossible for the SEC to be left out nearly all season… but now it seems there is a real possibility… ???

    It will be an interesting last 3 weeks…

    Just my .02
    ~Jim

  50. tide4life says: Nov 6, 2011 12:35 PM

    “Really dicey play call by Saban and the ruling decided the game, but nobody even mentioned it.”
    Oh, it was mentioned at our house, loudly and profanely. The Interception That Wasn’t should be played over and over again for every official in the NCAA. Bad call. Baaaaad call. And plain to see. Was the play the most brilliant ever conceived? As usual, it depends on the outcome. Had it been properly ruled a reception, or even understandingly ruled incomplete, it might have been acknowleged as a good call. Que sera sera.
    LSU played well and hard, the thuggery of some of their (should’ve still been suspended) players notwithstanding. They earned it and it’s theirs. But that was a bad effing call, and anyone not a Bama hater knows it.

  51. imaduffer says: Nov 6, 2011 12:36 PM

    LSU Soccer Club 9, Alabama Soccer Club 6

  52. normtide says: Nov 6, 2011 12:51 PM

    Tie breaker will go to who is ranked highest in the BCS.

    Great post crazy. Bandwagon fans expect a championship every season. I expect a competitive team, who has a shot. So much goes into a title year, great players, coaches, play calling, and a little luck here and there. Like I tell my sons, if you are a true fan, you are going to learn to lose games, cause it will happen. Miles is a really good coach, and I don’t see him going anywhere. He turned down Mich while fair weather fans in that state was on him. To be fair tho, he also knows there are few schools that can draw loads of good talent like LSU, he is in a good spot. The NFL may call, but I can’t see him leaving. NCAA coaches don’t transition well to the NFL, although I do think his style would work better there than most.

  53. southernpatriots says: Nov 6, 2011 12:53 PM

    normtide: We have been members of the LSU Alumni Association for well over a generation. We know hundreds of LSU fans and not a single one would take Saban back to replace Miles. What kind of fans are you talking to? That answer may explain it.

    imaduffer: that is funny. Though there is no way LSU soccer could score that many goals…sorry guys.

    pandebailey and all: Miles outcoached Saban again. Two years in a row. 3 wins to Saban’s 2. Saban blew up on his headphones, Miles remained calm and in control the whole game.

    To all Alabama faithful: You have a great team. You have a perennially good/great team. LSU has beat your perennially good/great team 9 of the last 12 years/games, the last 2 in a row, has beat you at Bryant-Denny and at Deaf/Death Valley. Next years LSU team will be even better. We look forward to continuing dominance of Alabama for at least a few more years or maybe the next 12, as with the last 12?

    We will savor this win, and then later in the week prepare for the next opponent. We have a vision, a mission. The Arkansas game will be different this year and next year, etc.

    All our best to all! Allons les Tigres! Geaux Tigers!

  54. normtide says: Nov 6, 2011 1:30 PM

    I have to admit Pat, most LSU fans I know are the blue collar type. I think the whole country knows you want Saban back, or at least did. Why else all the hoopla 3 years ago? Granted, I have no idea what the plantation fans feel about it. The common fan would have traded Miles for Saban when he came to Bama, and a few times since then. Bama still leads the all time series, and I don’t see LSU beating Bama the next two years. Saban is already making strides recruiting in LA. Iirc, we have a winning history in Death Valley, and won the Saban bowl, prob the most heated night there. Bama is one of the few teams that has thrived there. Look it up. Maybe you don’t remember DiNardo after all.

  55. Deb says: Nov 6, 2011 2:17 PM

    Congratulations to LSU on a hard-fought game. Actually, I asked southernpatriots to pass on my congrats because I couldn’t be online until this afternoon. It’s a few hours before I’ll be losing my mind over the second EPIC game of my weekend :) Hope the Steelers give me a better outcome, but Ben, this Tide girl would never complain about a defensive battle like the one we witnessed last night. I’d have liked a little more running … and some mud. Other than that–well, and losing in the end–the game was perfect!! Why are you apologizing for the hype? That’s how football is supposed to be played!!

    @tide4life …

    I just got home and watched the goal-line INT play repeatedly in real-time and slo-mo. Basically, what Reid did is no different than what Teague did in our ’92 game with Miami except then the players were standing up. Reid simply took the ball away. If our receiver could have held on when he hit the ground, it would have been a catch. If they’d both been fighting for the ball, it would have been a catch. But he let Reid completely strip the ball. It was a bizarre play, but I can’t say it was a bad call.

    Nick deciding to play it safe and let the clock run out in regulation without even trying to move downfield when he had a minute left and two timeouts was bad decisionmaking. I can sure say that. Bear wouldn’t have done that.

  56. mriqueen says: Nov 6, 2011 3:12 PM

    What was each team’s stats on winning in OT going in to this game?

  57. dcroz says: Nov 6, 2011 5:51 PM

    First off, congrats to LSU on a hard-fought victory.

    It is safe to say that Miles is planted so deeply inside Saban’s head that he can taste what Nick had for dinner last night. Saban tried to out-Mad Hatter the Mad Hatter and got busted as a resulted. Indeed, Miles did a much better job coaching like Saban than Saban did like Miles. Some have given Saban credit for running Urban Meyer out of the SEC, as Meyer knew that he would always be playing catchup to him after Tebow left. If Saban cannot find a way to stop being Miles’ bitch, he may soon join Meyer in the booth, as well.

  58. Deb says: Nov 6, 2011 6:13 PM

    @dcroz …

    Ouch! Thought I was being hard on Nick. Geez …

  59. dcroz says: Nov 6, 2011 6:16 PM

    @Deb:

    Hey, just bein’ honest. He was trying the crazy stuff he though Miles would in an effort to stay with him, which shows that Miles has gotten in his head. And his not calling a time out on LSU’s third down with about 90 seconds to go and playing for OT was a clear message to McCarron: I don’t trust you. Saban was too worried about matching Miles that he forgot what got him to where he is now. He’s got to get back to being Nick Saban, not Mad Hatter Jr.

  60. tide4life says: Nov 6, 2011 6:25 PM

    @Deb-
    ” . . .Basically, what Reid did is no different than what Teague did in our ’92 game with Miami except then the players were standing up. Reid simply took the ball away.”
    Yeah, after they were down.
    If our receiver could have held on when he hit the ground, it would have been a catch. If they’d both been fighting for the ball, it would have been a catch. But he let Reid completely strip the ball.”
    Watch again- you’re wrong; they were down. After you’re both on your backs on the turf, it don’t matter anymore. It was a bad call. Would it have mattered? We’ll never know.

  61. frank booth says: Nov 6, 2011 6:48 PM

    No, it wasn’t a bad call. It was a very close call that could have gone either way. Often times the guy who comes up with the ball gets the benefit of the doubt. Stop whining.

  62. callinbatonrouge2012 says: Nov 6, 2011 7:14 PM

    That was a truly amazing game. I have one bone to pick with Bama though. I was appalled by the behavior of the tide fans after y’all lost. Probably the worst behavior I’ve ever seen after a loss. I’m not saying our reputation is stellar, but I continually saw LSU fans having celebrations I wouldn’t have batted an eyelash at if Bama had one, and Bama fans were so crude and terrible towards people they didn’t know. Truly disappointed to call Bama part of the South after witnessing that.

  63. tide4life says: Nov 6, 2011 7:51 PM

    Now that hurts comin’ from some bie-yoo type.

    @frank: where the sun don’t shine, blindman. You don’t get the benefit of the doubt by taking the ball after it’s effing down.

  64. tigersgeaux says: Nov 6, 2011 7:59 PM

    callinbatonrouge2012: Haven’t heard any details about what you have posted. Just heard some general details of bad behavior. What exactly happened following the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa?

  65. rajuncajun28 says: Nov 6, 2011 8:18 PM

    Bama fans are rednecks…rednecks have no class…so, do you really expect the sidewalk alumni of Gumps U to lose graciously…of course not….which, makes the victory that much sweeter…

  66. frank booth says: Nov 6, 2011 8:23 PM

    There are always groups of fans at opposing stadiums that are drunk and rowdy and cause trouble, but that isn’t indicative of the entire fan base, except in Philadelphia.

    As for LSU fans, my only dealing with them was at the Sugar Bowl against in Illinois. In their ties and fedoras, they acted like perfect gentlemen, even the one that spit on me and took my Illinois hat after the game.

  67. tide4life says: Nov 6, 2011 8:26 PM

    Swamp trash calling Bama fans rednecks . . . that’s just too rich. The total lack of irony recognition is mind-blowing.

  68. goblue714 says: Nov 6, 2011 8:38 PM

    Gentlemen, your all backwoods rednecks to us in michigan lol, just kidding I have alot relatives in tennessee.

  69. frank booth says: Nov 6, 2011 8:46 PM

    tide4life says:
    Nov 6, 2011 7:51 PM
    Now that hurts comin’ from some bie-yoo type.

    @frank: where the sun don’t shine, blindman. You don’t get the benefit of the doubt by taking the ball after it’s effing down.
    ====================================
    Keep crying. I don’t have a dog in this fight. Too bad the LSU DB made a good play and you can’t deal with it. Watch the play again and you’ll see how close it is, but remove your red-tinted glasses and wipe your tears away first.

    Or maybe you could write a letter and see if you can get the call reversed.

    Too bad.

  70. southernpatriots says: Nov 6, 2011 8:58 PM

    goblue714:

    We look forward to coming to The Big House for a contractually guaranteed night game (so CBS, Fox, etc. can’t change it to afternoon) and then having Michigan come to LSU’s Deaf/Death Valley at night. Our AAD put feelers out to Michigan already but due to the question of 13 or 14 teams in the SEC (which only now has been solved with Mizzou coming on board), LSU could not schedule OOC teams over the past couple of weeks. Maybe now we can add Michigan in 2013/14/15 as we have TCU, Washington, and Oklahoma over the next seasons.

    frank booth: Kudos!

  71. cometkazie says: Nov 6, 2011 10:31 PM

    -The announcers said the road team record was -28-13-1, but the series has been going on a lot longer.

    What gives?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the game.

    Interesting how quiet the stadium got when ‘Bama failed to score in OT.

  72. mriqueen says: Nov 7, 2011 12:01 AM

    Does anyone know what LSU and AL’s stats are for number of games won/lost in OT?

  73. Deb says: Nov 7, 2011 12:03 AM

    cometkazie, did you expect the home crowd to jump up and down and cheer over a heartbreaking loss. You know, I’m fine with congratulating the winner. But why do people have act like absolute asses about it?

    And frankbooth, cometkazie, southernpatriots, et al … rajuncajun28 is swamp trash … and worse. That filth comes on here and spews nothing but bigotry about Southerners. The last time I looked, Louisiana was in the South. You should all be ashamed for entertaining that kind of dirt.

    callingbatonrouge or whatever you call yourself, I have behaved with the utmost sportsmanship so I have no problem telling you to go to hell and I hope it’s extremely hot when you get there. You and that rajuncajun thing are the only ones behaving badly on here. You’re sorry to call Alabama part of the South? If I were with you, I’d rip your heart out through your throat and shove it up your nose. Now excuse me, I have to go pray for forgiveness.

  74. Deb says: Nov 7, 2011 12:14 AM

    @frank booth and southernpatriots …

    SORRY. You’re not responsible for the swamp trash and the idiots. Just lost another close game, came on here and saw one LSU fool posting yet more of his insane bigoted rants, another complaining that the crowd got quiet when we lost (DUH!), and another saying Alabama shouldn’t be part of the South because we’re all such bad sports when EVERY Alabama fan on this thread did nothing but post congratulations! So I lost my mind. Wish I could tell you I’m sorry for calling them all kinds of names, but I’m not. I’d still like to rip that cretin’s heart out through its throat and jam it up its nose. That’s gonna take a lot of prayer. A lot.

    But I can’t for the life of me figure out why I yelled at you guys. Especially frank booth who’s neither Southern nor an LSU fan. It’s been a horrible weekend for a football fan. Please forgive me. :oops:

  75. southernpatriots says: Nov 7, 2011 12:56 AM

    Deb: No problem. We thought giving some of the jerks thumbs down and so many others doing the same would encourage them to moderate their extremism. Didn’t happen, apparently. We can’t monitor the threads as much as we would like for alot of different reasons. Often, it is a real job just to post once or twice. Keep in mind, we don’t have your giftings and talents…our mind does not communicate well with our fingers…ha.

    frank booth is a good guy. He tries his hardest to find the truth and present a clarity.

    Well, d……. these rivalries! That is the cause! It makes normal people act abnormally. ha. It used to be that way between us and Ole Miss or us and Tulane. Now maybe it is us and Alabama. Somehow, someway, LSU has Alabama’s number for 9 of the past 12 years. Don’t know how but somehow, someway, and Miles apparently has Saban rattled.

    Because we have watched that game now at least 3 times completely and with fast forwards to specific plays and times and we cannot explain why Saban who we know is a meticulus planner, plans out the plays in his mind, on paper, etc. would have made more than a couple of decisions he made in the game which were most unwise?

    Alabama fans seem to be more refined than some LSU fans, but one thinks we live on a plantation and somehow because we aren’t blue collar (actually I don’t think I have a collar! ha.), we should know that LSU fans want to get rid of Miles. We were here, lived here, were in the midst of it all, and all that mess was stirred up by several sports talk show hosts to get ratings. A hand full of simple minded LSU fans went along with the hosts and became puppets in their hands for 15 minutes of fame. No one of any intelligence or even a semblance of education and wisdom ever advocated Miles to leave LSU. Then the same Alabama fan asserts we don’t know anything about football. We have probably forgotten more about SEC football than he knows now.

    Through our lifespan and more than a generation with LSU, we understand well about losing close games, even games that we lost in the final moments. It is a very draining experience. You need good rest following or go fishing or something like that.

    We have such concerns about our upcoming schedule. Any upcoming game can be a let down and then its all over. We are getting a video of the Alabama v. Arkansas game. We want to watch that one closely and see what Alabama did. I know the coaches at LSU have done that already but it will probably help us to understand what needs to be done.

    Get you some good rest away from it all. There are yet games to be played and more challenges ahead for both your teams, and definitely for us as well.

  76. frank booth says: Nov 7, 2011 1:03 AM

    I didn’t even know that I was being yelled at. Doesn’t bother me if I was anyway. These boards are just for throwing out opinions and spirited banter anyways.

  77. southernpatriots says: Nov 7, 2011 1:36 AM

    thefiesty1 says:Nov 6, 2011 10:01 AM

    Great game! Although I like a little more offense. ….and it didn’t come down to clock management like I figured.

    Geaux!
    ************************************
    thefiesty1: It did come down to clock management just like you figured but it wasn’t Miles clock management skills in question this time but Saban’s. He let time elapse without even trying to win the game in regulation….strange, not like Saban who has everything so meticulously planned out.

    Allons les Tigres! Geaux Tigers!

  78. tide4life says: Nov 7, 2011 7:52 AM

    @frank: Reid made a great effort and a great play. But he did not make an interception. And for someone who has no dog in this fight, you are doing a lot of woofing.

    @goblue714: Google “Foxworthy northern redneck.” They’re everywhere.

  79. waynefontes says: Nov 7, 2011 8:07 AM

    Reid made a great play and he did make an interception. That’s how it was ruled on the field, and that’s all that matters. That Bama player (I don’t know his name) didn’t have the heart to pull that ball in definitively.

    Reid made the play of the year, possibly the play of the decade in college football. That play resulted in LSU winning this game. That and the great punt afterwards.. why have an injured guy back on punt returns, Nick Saban?

    Bama had so many chances to win this game and blew them all. Bama is a great team, but they had the chance at home at night to state their case.. and they lost.

  80. tide4life says: Nov 7, 2011 8:24 AM

    An official make the play of the year. There was no interception; the ball was down. LSU played too hard and too well to have the win tainted by a blown call.

  81. pandebailey says: Nov 7, 2011 9:34 AM

    Two things stood out from that game – Reid’s “pull-away” interception won that game. But Saban’s play call on that same play……tie game, first and ten at the 28 with 11 minutes left? He had the game in his hand……very strange time to go for broke and let your injured Wildcat throw a bomb.

  82. Deb says: Nov 7, 2011 9:53 AM

    @southernpatriots and frank booth …

    You’re too kind. Thank you both. Last night did me in. To lose again by three with 8 seconds remaining. I should have turned off the computer instead of coming back here. I love this game … but it can break your heart.

    southernpatriots, I saw some reference to plantations but didn’t read the whole thing. It did give me a laugh, though :) Why, Miss Scarlett, I don’t know nothin’ ’bout SEC football!!!
    :D

  83. Deb says: Nov 7, 2011 10:02 AM

    waynefontes says:

    Reid made a great play and he did make an interception. That’s how it was ruled on the field, and that’s all that matters. That Bama player (I don’t know his name) didn’t have the heart to pull that ball in definitively.
    ————————————————-

    I didn’t put it so harshly, but basically explained the same thing to someone yesterday. There was a similar play in the NFL. It should have been an INT, but the receiver came over the defender’s head and grabbed the ball. They went to the ground in a tug-o’-war. If both players are fighting for the ball as they hit the ground, the call goes to the offensive player. If the Bama player had kept his hands on the ball as they hit the ground, it would have been a reception. But he let it go.

    On the other hand … he was flipping end over end at the time. And he’s a college kid, not a pro. Meanwhile, Julio Jones had nearly 140 yards receiving and two TDs for the Falcons … sigh :)

  84. southernpatriots says: Nov 7, 2011 10:40 AM

    Deb: We know how you feel. We have experienced that many times.

    As a small girl I dreamed of living in a plantation home. As a youngter I went to a summer school in Mississippi in a restored old ante-bellum home. It was gorgeous. However, as I grew older I gained some wisdom when I heard how drafty the homes were, how hot in the summer, huge AC/power bills to air condition them, those that were retrofitted for AC. Fire traps for most due to very dry and old wood. Don’t live in a plantation home, never did, and likely never will.

    Alabama has had some of the best recruiting classes in all the country for the past few years. The best linemen, linebackers, etc. During that time, it would seem that Saban would draft one of the best field goal kickers. When he was at LSU, we habitually missed numerous field goals and Saban never seemed to care about those players. His field goal kicking problems traveled with him to Alabama. He is too good of a coach to have this happen. To prevent it, he must recruit field goal kickers and practice them and make them feel important.

    Miles coached calmly and stayed conservative all game. Saban seemed to be rattled at times (and maybe Miles was in his head?) and he made some calls which were risky and came back to hurt Alabama. LSU dialed in Richardson, to where his rushing was no longer a problem, holding him in the second half to far less than his normal at time he was supposed to running over LSU (3rd and 4th quarters).

    We are getting a video tape of the Alabama-Arkansas game this year to see how you guys defensed and played them.

  85. frank booth says: Nov 7, 2011 11:19 AM

    It was a great interception by Reid to stay with the ball and pry away. Most sensible people agree that it was an interception. Oddly enough, announcers on CBS and ESPN didn’t say it was a controversial call. It went to booth review as well, and the call was that it was an interception.

    It was a close call, but not a bad call. Even if the ball went to Alabama, it would have been an incorrect call, but not a bad call.

    What would have really helped Alabama is if they could make a field goal or two, or put a healthy punt returner on the field who doesn’t let the ball sail over his head.

  86. southernpatriots says: Nov 7, 2011 11:34 AM

    frank booth: We have seen the play in slow mo at least 5 times, Reid appeared to have the ball in his grasp before either player was down and firmly gained control of it as the players went down and rolled. Apparently, that is what the anouncers saw, the referees saw on the field and the film reviewers saw, as you have accurately posted.

    Who is responsible for not having a good field goal kicker? Isn’t it the coach’s responsibility? Among the 4 and 5 star huge linemen and linebackers, Saban could have recruited at least a 3 star field goal kicker. He did the same thing at LSU, when LSU under Saban would often miss field goals (1 to 2 in many games).

    Coach Saban would seem to ignore the field goal kickers and teams, not work on them much at all in practice, etc. It appears he has taken those tendencies to Alabama. Field goal kickers win or lose games that are close. That is known by pro and college football fans alike. Maybe now Saban will get a good field goal kicker. We know of some real good high school field goal kickers, he should be scouting.

  87. Deb says: Nov 7, 2011 12:18 PM

    I had a question mark in my head about that play. When I got home yesterday was surprised to see I hadn’t deleted the game. It gave me a chance to re-watch it outside the heat of the moment, and I’m so glad. I hate having the feeling we were irreparably hurt by a bad call. In general, I’m happy with NCAA officiating–and NFL officiating is so bad it usually hurts both teams.

    After re-watching it several times, I felt comfortable with the call. To me, the most telling thing about the film is the reaction of the Bama players and coaches. None of them react as though they’ve been robbed of a catch. They all accept the call without question. I think those who continue to say it was a bad call don’t understand the rule. It was a brilliant heads-up play by a college DB–and less aggressive play by the receiver. Perhaps if the QB had thrown the ball, the outcome would have been different.

  88. Deb says: Nov 7, 2011 12:20 PM

    southernpatriots, I wasn’t aware of Saban’s history with kickers. Maybe he should start recruiting in Australia :)

    I’m upset about the kicking game, but I’m more upset about some of his other decisions. Frustrated with a couple of coaches and players on both my teams this morning. Sigh …

  89. southernpatriots says: Nov 7, 2011 1:51 PM

    Deb: Yeah, the history of at least field goal kickers at LSU is not a glorious one and Saban apparently did not think much of that part of the game and had poor results…that seems to have been carried forth to Tuscaloosa.

    Wing, our Aussie rules football player for 14 years…he is a trip. He has punted consistently out on the 10 or 5 punt after punt all year. His family moved to Baton Rouge and he attended Parkview Baptist. He just “fell” into Coach Miles’ hands. A unique talent who kicks the ball end over end so it will stop and be able to be caught or stopped more easily by his teammates. On one of his punts, the LSU player caught his punt..ha. but he holds the ball on field goals and extra points but doesn’t kick it. Allemand, a Louisiana boy kicks the extras and fgs.

    Choices of Saban in the game…ugh. too many were poor. It was, of course, to our advantage, but sad to see. We hate to see a game decided by poor coaching decisions but too often that is the case in both college and pros.

    In Spring practice, the LSU coaching teams were working out the kickers, punters, field goal team, etc. and making all feel an important part of the game, so when they become an important part, there they are and feel very comfortable in that role.

    We wonder if Saban spoke with Spurrier prior to the game or anytime this season. Spurrier was so impressed with Miles’ play calling that he video taped games and played them back, he was such an admirer. It was only a few years ago Miles called a fake punt on Spurrier and his Florida team which helped lead LSU to victory.

    If Spurrier spoke to Saban or if several other SEC coaches did, they may have impressed upon Saban to watch for the trick plays, and Saban wanted to throw one on Miles, which backfired. There are mind games being played by the coaches and somehow it appears Miles got into Saban’s head.

    What would you say, if somehow Alabama was scheduled against Boise State in the _____Bowl?

  90. pandebailey says: Nov 7, 2011 2:06 PM

    Deb said:
    I hate having the feeling we were irreparably hurt by a bad call. In general, I’m happy with NCAA officiating–and NFL officiating is so bad it usually hurts both teams. After re-watching it several times, I felt comfortable with the call.

    Deb,

    Good analysis, there’s nothing worse than having a huge game decided on a bad call, especially when officials don’t confer and do their best to sort things out – just one guy decides to throw a flag or make an “I saw it clear!” call.

    That was THE critical play of the game and the truth is, you could call that play a number of ways – catch, simultaneous catch or interception. The rules are clear, but its a judgement call on all three. If there had been just a second or two of wrestling for it, it would have been Bama’s ball.

  91. Deb says: Nov 7, 2011 2:24 PM

    @pandebailey …

    Yes … but our receiver didn’t wrestle for it at all. Not a lot of hustle there–he really just let the ball be stripped.

    @southernpatriots …

    Bama was the #2 ranked team in the nation with the #1 ranked defense in the nation and lost in OT by a field goal. Frankly, every time someone mentions us playing BSU, it’s like fingernails on a blackboard to me. It’s like asking me if I think we should be in the Rattlesnake Bowl in Hoochie Creek, Texas, playing a Division II team. We’re still a powerhouse, and unless we drop more games, we still deserve to be in the title game conversation–as the BCS clearly recognizes. Personally, I don’t care that much about bowls unless it’s the championship. But if this remains our only loss, I think Bama should be in a major bowl playing a team from another major conference.

  92. southernpatriots says: Nov 7, 2011 3:30 PM

    Deb: The reason we mention this is that Boise State may well go through the season undefeated and some team will have to draw them in a bowl. It would be best for a team with a great defense to draw them.

    Our wonder also is how much did that game take out of LSU and Alabama? I hope both teams are properly rested and prepared and ready for each of the upcoming games.

  93. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 7, 2011 3:58 PM

    I know a lot of you think that game was boring but it’s because both defenses are so stout the ceiling is only so high for offensive players to be better than them.

    Come on do you really believe your own drivel that OU could compete with these two teams? It wouldn’t even be close in the 2nd quarter, it would be domination by the SEC school.

  94. cometkazie says: Nov 7, 2011 4:03 PM

    I heard the announcers say that the visiting team record was 26-13-1. That would be the last forty years. I saw the -1, a 6-6 or 3-3 tie when Arnsparger was coaching. Had season tickets from 1971-1993 and never saw LSU beat Bama.

    Good game as usual.

  95. southernpatriots says: Nov 7, 2011 6:20 PM

    We and many other faithful bloggers on CFT discussed the switch from an afternoon game to a night game which CBS negotiated with ESPN to do so.

    LSU just forwarded to us the information on the CBS broadcast—

    “BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Moving Alabama-LSU to primetime paid off nicely for CBS, which said Saturday produced the network’s most-watched regular season college football game in 22 years.

    Alabama-LSU averaged 20 million viewers with a national household rating of 11.5, up 161 percent from last year’s 4.4 when the teams played. By comparison, Alabama-Florida drew a 4.6 in CBS’ other SEC primetime game on
    Oct. 1…”

  96. Deb says: Nov 7, 2011 6:21 PM

    ilovefoolsball, you’re no fool ;)

    I love great defense. It’s a lot more intense than those high-flying games, too. The difference is that you have to know what you’re watching to enjoy it. Most people are casual watchers and only get excited when someone catches a pass. The defensive game is lost on them.

    I fell in love with the Steelers 34 years ago because I suddenly realized something worth watching happens when the QB isn’t on the field :)

  97. Deb says: Nov 7, 2011 6:22 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    It’s just too early for me to think about Bama as an also-ran. And I’m never going to accept Boise as a top-tier team.

  98. southernpatriots says: Nov 7, 2011 6:39 PM

    Deb: Alabama will probably NEVER be an also-ran. Just hoping a really good SEC team plays BS and shows them what good defense will do to an untried and untempered offense.

    LSU sent us info on the CBS broadcast which is interesting and what you and us all who know such things predicted:

    “BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Moving Alabama-LSU to primetime paid off nicely for CBS, which said Saturday produced the network’s most-watched regular season college football game in 22 years.

    Alabama-LSU averaged 20 million viewers with a national household rating of 11.5, up 161 percent from last year’s 4.4 when the teams played. By comparison, Alabama-Florida drew a 4.6 in CBS’ other SEC primetime game on
    Oct. 1…”

  99. cometkazie says: Nov 7, 2011 7:28 PM

    Deb says: Nov 7, 2011 6:21 PM

    ilovefoolsball, you’re no fool ;)

    I love great defense. It’s a lot more intense than those high-flying games, too. The difference is that you have to know what you’re watching to enjoy it. Most people are casual watchers and only get excited when someone catches a pass. The defensive game is lost on them.

    I fell in love with the Steelers 34 years ago because I suddenly realized something worth watching happens when the QB isn’t on the field :)
    +=+=+=+

    You got it, Deb. I love it when the defense tells the offense “Give us three points and we’ll make it stand.”

  100. southernpatriots says: Nov 7, 2011 7:42 PM

    cometkazie: You pegged it perfectly!

    “Give us three points and we’ll make it stand.”

    That is our kind of football. College football especially!

  101. Deb says: Nov 8, 2011 12:16 AM

    @cometkazie …

    I love that!!!!

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