Top-ranked Alabama improved to 8-0 on the season by taking down No. 6 Texas A&M, 33-14 on Saturday, and the Crimson Tide now have two weeks to prepare for No. 23 LSU, which won its third straight game under interim coach Ed Orgeron by beating Ole Miss 38-21 on Saturday night.
There is at least one analyst that believes that the Tigers can beat the Crimson Tide.
“To me they’re a team right now peaking at the right time,” ESPN college football analyst Jesse Palmer said of LSU in the waning moments of the Tigers-Rebels broadcast on Saturday. “With the talent LSU has … I believe they have the talent to beat Alabama.”
With Leonard Fournette returning and making an instant impact for the Tigers, rushing for 284 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Rebels, that should make Tigers fans feel good about their chances. But Palmer says it will take the Tigers’ best effort in all three phases of the game — offense, defense and special teams — to pull it off.
“I think Auburn and LSU are the two most improved teams in the SEC since the start of the season. If you’re Alabama, you do not want to play Auburn and LSU this late in the year the way they’re playing… I think the key for LSU is keeping (Fournette) healthy. They’ve lost (two) games now, and they can’t miss anymore. Not with their schedule.”