The SEC is known for being physical at the line of scrimmage, and at least two teams are living up to that reputation this season.
Alabama and LSU both of have top-10 offensive lines in college football, according to Pro Football Focus’ Taylor Wright. The Crimson Tide comes in at No. 7. The Tigers ranked No. 9.
Ironically, Wright said Alabama would not have made the ranking earlier this season. But after a 438-yard performance on the ground against Tennessee in Week 7, it’s hard to exclude the Crimson Tide.
“Alabama’s blocking unit would not have made this list weeks ago,” Wright said, “but there might not be an offensive line that has improved more than Alabama’s.”
Center Bradley Bozeman is PFF’s seventh-highest ranked center in the country, and Jonah Williams is ranked as one of the best freshmen in the country.
“Alabama is still a work in progress as they have struggled at guard this season,” Wright said, “but if Lester Cotton or Alphonse Taylor can solidify that position (Cotton had the Tide’s second-highest offensive grade against Tennessee) then a running game that has been impressive as of late might become unstoppable.”
LSU is the only other SEC team to make the list. Wright compared the Tigers’ line to Iowa’s, which is the highest rated offensive line in the country. Both units are strong in both run blocking and pass blocking, and Wright said the Tigers seem to be playing their best at just the right time.
“Big tests still lie ahead for the Tigers, including the Crimson Tide,” Wright said. “With No. 10 center Ethan Pocjc and No. 10 guard Josh Boutte, LSU’s running game will look to shift to another gear down the stretch of their SEC schedule.”