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The closer the Alabama-LSU game gets, the less sure I am of any prediction. Alabama only just finalized its secondary, while the Tigers appear to have placed all their emotional hopes and dreams on the outcome of this game. I’m sure it has something to do with the insanity of the World Series on Wednesday night, but I can’t help but think Alabama’s streak of dominant game control comes to an end this Saturday.
I’m not saying LSU will win; at the moment, I still think that’s unlikely. But if any game truly doesn’t follow predictable trends, year in and year out, it’s this one — even more than the Iron Bowl or Third Saturday in October. With an overtime win and last-second rally ending the last two trips to Baton Rouge for Alabama, the only forecast I can authoritatively make for Saturday’s matchup is appropriate, given the year to date: chaos.
- Alabama-LSU is a week of conflicting emotions for Nick Saban’s former players at LSU. An excellent story from AL.com’s Rainer Sabin.
- Ratcheting up the temperature on the already scalding LSU coaching takes, AL.com’s Joe Goodman says the job should go to Saturday’s winner: Ed Orgeron or Lane Kiffin.
- In a running stalemate, the passing game could make all the difference Saturday, from AL.com’s Michael Casagrande.
- Leonard Fournette is looking forward to this rematch, also from Casagrande.
- Alabama’s players detail what makes Tiger Stadium so difficult to play in, from BamaOnline’s Charlie Potter.
- In Thursday’s strangest headline, Alabama is doing everything it can to keep Tony Brown focused as he enters the starting lineup this week.
- Marq Burnett has your daily practice report and injury updates.
- Alabama’s game plan will be essentially the same as last year, Burnett writes.
- ESPN’s Todd McShay: The NFL Draft will be defense heavy and Alabama led.
- As usual, BamaOnline’s Travis Reier has analysis and video from practice. on Wednesday.
- Roll Bama Roll has a fairly extensive and detailed statistical breakdown of the upcoming game, including a projected result.
- Also from Roll Bama Roll, a film review of one of the Crimson Tide’s unheralded gems: Miller Forristall, whose blocking more than makes up for O.J. Howard’s deficiencies in that area.
Saban in full
Saban also spoke on the weekly SEC teleconference. Highlights from that can be found here.
Built By Bama
— FOX Sports Southeast (@GrizzliesOnFSSE) November 3, 2016
- JaMychal Green finished with 21 points and 6 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ overtime win over New Orleans.
- Former Alabama defensive end Wallace Gilberry worked out for the Bengals. He played in Cincinnati from 2012-15.
- Julio Jones made the Sports Illustrated midseason all-NFL team.
Thursday night lights
It’s something of a dud of a slate this week. The evening starts with Buffalo at Ohio in MACtion at 6 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network. Ohio is favored by 19, which is a staggering line. Similarly, Oklahoma kicks off at Iowa State at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN, where the Sooners are favored by 20.5. That promises to be a high-scoring, if one-sided affair. The closest game of the night will probably be Arkansas State at Georgia State in the #FunBelt on ESPNU. Arkansas State is favored by just five in that game, but neither offense is what you might call good, so I’m not sure how much value you’ll find there.
Alternatively, you can check out the NFL Thursday night game, where Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons will take on Tampa Bay.
World Series tweets
Alabama players, like the rest of the country, immersed themselves in Game 7 of the World Series Thursday night.
This #WorldSeries is like a perfect movie scene.
Game 7. All tied up. 9th inning. Rain starting to fall. How bad do you want it? #Grit
— Alphonse Taylor (@SHANKK50) November 3, 2016
Should've never taken Lester out!!!! Bad bad bad decision by Coach
— AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) November 3, 2016
Game 7 got me reminiscing ? pic.twitter.com/QO90vu4nCp
— Jordan Patterson (@jpatt2492) November 3, 2016
Around the Capstone
- Men’s basketball hosts Faulkner State for its preseason exhibition Thursday night.
- Volleyball will travel to Texas A&M on Thursday before hosting Arkansas this Sunday.
- Cross country is headed to Tallahassee for the regional meet this weekend.
- And finally, Alabama athletics is launching a rebuilt and, by all accounts, much more useful Gameday Live app.
That’s it for me today. If you’re confused by anything in this column, know that I wrote it during the World Series last night because I care so deeply about you, dear reader. If you have any questions about the game this weekend or feedback, feel free to find me on Twitter.