Posted by Jerry Hinnen
The Game of the Century of the Year has lived up to its billing thus far in terms of physical runs, fast-twitch defense, and outstanding play in the secondary ... but not yet on the scoreboard with neither team breaking its goose egg yet.
With the game's first three possessions all covering at least five plays and three minutes, though, there's been more offense than the scoreline would suggest. Alabama has created creases here and there for both Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy -- ones for the former almost exclusively coming over Barrett Jones' left side -- and AJ McCarron has been the more polished of the two quarterbacks so far. 114 total yards isn't a bad total against a defense like LSU's at all, and despite Cade Foster's two missed field goals (both long attempts where the Tide might have been better served punting and playing field position), the Tide offense looks like it's going to break through sooner rather than later.
As for the Tigers, their offensive line likewise got a surprising amount of push in the running game on their first drive. But that won't matter if the passing game continues to struggle--the Tide were able to rush Lee into a couple of wayward throws, and he capped the quarter with his first interception in five games. The Tigers simply can't win if that doesn't change in a hurry.