Stopping Alabama starts with stopping the powerful Crimson Tide defensive front.
This, according to former LSU coach Les Miles, is the only way Washington will have a chance in the Dec. 31 Peach Bowl against top-ranked Alabama.
“You best be able to handle the front three big defensive tackles (with) defensive end-styles that will knock you back,” Miles said Tuesday. “The running game is halted by those big, strong men up front. If you make it a one-dimensional game, if in fact, it’s going to be, Washington has to step back and throw the football, mmmm, that pass rush is going to come.”
Miles was appearing on the “Dan Patrick Show” on NBC Sports Network. Miles also talked about Leonard Fournette skipping the Citrus Bowl, along with his own future plans.
As for Washington, the key will be stopping Jonathan Allen and company in the trenches, Miles said.
“They best be able to move the football on the ground and intermediate throws,” Miles said. “They need to make sure that they are not holding the ball long and work hard for first downs.”
As for Washington’s defense, Miles said the challenge is big, but not nearly as big as offense.
“Their offense is a very good one, a very talented one,” Miles said of the Tide. “But I think where they are special is on the defensive side of the ball, and really, special teams.”
Miles was fired in September by LSU, who went on to hire interim replacement Ed Orgeron on a full-time basis.
Miles went 2-2 to start the season despite being ranked in the top 10. Orgeron helped the team recover for a 7-4 season, which will conclude on Dec. 31 against Louisville in the Citrus Bowl.
Miles went 3-7 against Alabama coach Nick Saban. He has not yet landed a head coaching job heading into next season.