Friday, 05 November 2010 14:57

LSU's Miles Hopes A Win Over Alabama Helps In BCS Run

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sportseditorNo. 12 LSU hosts No. 5 Alabama and the biggest villain in Louisiana, Nick Saban, on Saturday at 2:30 a CBS-televised game.

The Tigers offense has very little bite ranking 101st in the nation in total offense and 73rd in scoring.  It is going against one of the best defenses in the country,

The Tigers (7-1, 4-1 SEC) rank near the bottom of the SEC in turnover margin (-.25) with 10 more giveaways that the Crimson Tide--who sits atop the league in that regard (+1.1).

Saban knows it's tough to win at Death Valley and Alabama can't afford to lose another game if the Tide wants to defend its national championship.

Everything points to Alabama covering the 6.5-point spread, but hold on.

LSU coach Les Miles believes his Tigers are on the periphery of the national title chase. If he beats the Tide, the Tigers will vault back into the national equation.

Here's what Miles said this week: "I'm in the key piece of my season where the big plays have yet to been made. As I go into the next game, I look for those plays to be more important than anything we've done in the past, and to say that, I have my opinion to this point that would be finite would not," said Miles in his best Miles. God, you have to love this man.

It's possible Miles' game plan will revolutionize football this week. "The opportunity to carry the football in a predictable fashion and the ability to hand the ball off as well as throw it really gives you the most diverse attack," said the coach.

LSU does have secondary coverage that can play Tide receiver Julio Jones one-on-one with Patrick Peterson, and the defensive strength in the front seven to shut down Mark Ingram, last season's Heisman Trophy winner, and Trent Richardson, who is almost as good as Ingram.

Prediction: Don't write this in stone, but I'm picking LSU and cover the 6.5 points and win straight up in an ugly, ugly game.

Other college weekend picks: Southern Miss -10 over Tulane; South Carolina -4 over Arkansas; Florida -14 over Vandy; Auburn -38 over UT-Chattanooga; Tennessee -20 over Memphis; Ole Miss  -28 over Louisiana-Lafayette; Idaho State +43.5 over Georgia; Kentucky -45 over Charleston Southern; Oregon -35 over Washington; Hawaii +21 1/2 over Boise State; Maryland +8 over Miami; USC -5 1/2 over Arizona State; TCU -4 1/2 over Utah (best bet) and Oklahoma 3 1/2 over Texas A&M.


The odds on LSU winning the BCS championship are 100/1, according to the latest odds released by and there's little surprise that Oregon is No. 1 at 17/10. The complete list: Oregon -- 17/10; Alabama -- 3/1; Boise State -- 4/1; Auburn -- 9/2; TCU -- 15/2; Nebraska -- 25/1; Utah -- 25/1; Ohio State -- 30/1; Oklahoma -- 50/1; Wisconsin -- 55/1; LSU -- 100/1; Missouri --125/1; and Michigan State -- 150/1...


by Ed Staton

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