Lead CBS analyst Gary Danielson was on the Paul Finebaum show Wednesday afternoon to preview the epic SEC west showdown between the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide.
Danielson will be part of the CBS broadcast crew with Verne Lunqquist on the call and Tracy Wolfson as the sideline reporter. You can listen to the entire segment on the Finebaum Show here.
Here are some of the notable topics, notes, or areas to watch for during Saturday night’s game between the No. 13 Tigers and No. 1 Crimson Tide from Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Al.
LSU has yet to play one complete defensive game with the exception of the game vs. the Florida Gators and in order to beat Alabama, they have to patch things together and if they can’t, it could be a big problem vs. Alabama.
The LSU defense does not have a shutdown cornerback and doesn’t make plays in the backfield as often as they have in the past and need to find a way to be better, because AJ McCarron is not going to be quiet as he was a year ago.
Alabama plays an NFL style game and you have to win on third down on offense and defense and Danielson thinks LSU quarterback, Zach Mettenberger is capable of beating Alabama because of his development this year.
Furthermore, he has Jarvis Landry who has done the bulk of his damage this season on the “money down” this season. They can run the ball with Jeremy Hill and thinks this is going to be better football compared to the game last year that went down to the final seconds.
Mettenberger’s counterpart on Saturday, McCarron, is still very much in the Heisman Trophy picture and the offense comes in firing on all cylinders after a dominating performance vs. the Tennessee Volunteers. However, he thinks the running back duo of T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake isn’t as potent as the running back combinations over the past three seasons.
Danielson thinks this game will be decided by the Alabama wide receivers and how the LSU secondary holds up vs. the likes of Amari Cooper, Kevin Norwood and DeAndrew White.
One final note in this game he pointed out is we should see 10-12 more players on these teams drafted that played in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game that already has seen 31 players in the NFL.
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