3 Things You Need to Know about the LSU Tigers
As the calendar turns to November, the top teams in college football prepare for one final push for a conference title and a spot in the College Football Playoff.
For Alabama and LSU, conference championship and College Football Playoff implications are at stake in Baton Rouge Saturday night.
Saturday’s contest features two of the best defenses and some of the best talent in college football.
You know about Alabama’s incredible season, let’s dive into the three things that you should know about the LSU Tigers.
Throughout the last decade, the Alabama-LSU game has featured some of college football’s most thrilling finishes. The two teams have played 12 games against each other since 2005 with eight games decided by fewer than points including four overtime games.
Since Nick Saban’s arrival at Alabama in 2007, every game between Alabama and LSU has been decided by seven points or less with the 2008 and 2014 contests won by the Crimson Tide in overtime.
Stingy Scoring Defense
Nick Saban helped revive LSU in the early 2000s thanks in large part to stingy defense. The Tigers defense continued to excel under Les Miles and now interim head coach Ed Orgeron.
LSU ranks fifth in scoring defense allowing 15 points per game. Every opponent except for Mississippi State and Ole Miss have been held under 20 points by the LSU defense. When you break it down into touchdowns allowed, they lead college football with just eight touchdowns allowed.
If the trend of close games continues Saturday, LSU can feel confident in the leg of placekicker Colby Delahoussaye. The senior from New Iberia, Louisiana, is fourth in career field goal percentage with a .806 percentage. He has made 29 of 36 career attempts including 5 of 7 attempts this season.
Delahoussaye's accuracy becomes more apparent inside 40 yards as he has connected on all four field goal attempts inside 40 yards. In his career, the senior placekicker has a .842 percentage on field goals inside 40 yards.