RICHMOND- For the past two weeks, the national media has been doing nothing but praise the Alabama Crimson Tide and the fact that they would “roll over” the LSU Tigers when the teams collided in Tuscaloosa.
ESPN’s Stephen A Smith and FS1’s Shannon Sharpe proudly boasted and proclaimed that the Tide would roll through and make a statement to the College Football world.
They even went as far as to say Alabama would force so many turnovers and win by so many points.
Not so fast.
Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow put on an outstanding performance going 31/39 for 393 yards and 3 TD as LSU took down Alabama 46-41 in a game dubbed “The Game of the Year”.
This is Alabama’s 1st loss at home in 32 home games. This is also the first time since 2011 that the Tigers defeated Alabama.
This time, the Tigers hope to reach the title game and win instead of losing to Alabama or whoever else, should it happen.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire proved he belonged on the biggest stage rushing for 103 yards and posting 4 total touchdowns against the Tide’s defense which has been a hallmark staple. But not in this game.
After the game, members of the media were visibly disappointed on Twitter. Smith tried to not show his face to fellow network mates Booger McFarland, Ryan Clark, and Marcus Spears.
Good luck with that. Sharpe meanwhile, is forced to drink some Hennessey and come up with excuses for going up against Skip Bayless.
After a typical roughneck 1st quarter with the score 10-7, the Tigers, having heard enough, went ballistic ripping off 23 points while holding the Tigers to 6 to take a 33-13 into the half, stunning the crowd and the media members covering the game.
The 33 points are the most given up in one half under Alabama coach Nick Saban. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron did not care however and relished the fast start for his troops.
But a game is two halves and not one. Alabama QB Tua Tagovaiola did not disappoint, going off in the second half and finishing with 4TD and 418 yards passing. Najee Harris scooped up 146 yards and 2 total TD including a highlight-worthy TD Catch.
Multiple miscues, however, by the Tide offense combined with the relentless pressure of the Tigers defense, led by K’Lavon Chaisson and Grant Delpit was too much to overcome their first-half struggles.
The Tide did have an excellent and vintage Alabama 4th quarter, but Burrow proved to be too much for them.
Burrow also staked a high claim for a Heisman Trophy victory but the nod still seems to be leaning in favor of Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts.
The Tigers now move up to the top spot in the College Football Playoff. #2 is Ohio State, #3 is Clemson and #4 is Oklahoma after Penn State was upset by Minnesota earlier in the day.
Alabama is temporarily out of the top 4 spots and do not be surprised to see media members complain about that fact.
Too bad. You lost and you drop out. If LSU lost and still made a case and came up, Tuscaloosa would erupt in anger. Alabama should realize the same fate. It’s time for something new.
They have a great team and deserve to send those players to the NFL but it’s time for a new team to be top in the SEC for this season.
The season is still not over as it is only the 9th game. There are still plenty of weeks ahead and the challenges for both teams lie ahead. LSU has more leverage while Alabama will need to fight back.
Although with the committee favoring the Tide since the inception of the CFP, it might not be as difficult as for other teams.
In the meantime, those who want something new can now celebrate LSU’s big win and feel proud of Joe Burrow for putting on a masterpiece of performance on the grand stage with the bright lights squared sorely on his shoulders.