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Tiger Blitz Gameday Central: LSU-Alabama deadlocked at 0-0 at halftime

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WHEN: Saturday, November 5 at 7:10 pm CT
WHERE: Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, La.)
TV/RADIO: CBS/Tiger Sports Radio Network
SERIES: Alabama leads 50-25-5
LAST MEETING: LSU fell 30-16 in Tuscaloosa in 2015
LINE: LSU +8
OVER/UNDER: 45

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4th Quarter Analysis

This one was controlled by Alabama for nearly the entire quarter as the Tide's field goal drive at up 9:51 and then the Tigers couldn't do anything with the ball after getting it back. The Tide worked LSU's defense and managed to grind out the win with Jalen Hurts making enough plays to win and LSU's defense breaking at key points including a 3rd down run by Hurts after a false start that picked up the first down. After that, the Tide ran out the clock after Etling couldn't lead a comeback.

3rd Quarter Analysis

You like defense? You liked this quarter more than the first two. After Alabama hit ArDarius Stewart on a deep post that beat Donte Jackson, LSU stood firm as Bama tried four times to punch it from inside the 10. Duke Riley made a huge tackle on third down at the 1. On fourth down, Alabama tried a quarterback keeper with Hurts and didn't make it. LSU stretched the play out and Tiger Stadium erupted. LSU couldn't piece together a drive itself, but stopped Bama with a Grade A chance to score. It also got a little chippy in the quarter as Colin Jeter caught a flip from Etling and Da'Ron Payne ran him out, which led to a scuffle along the sideline. LSU managed to keep Bama out of the endzone, but the offense really didn't get anything going with just 10 total yards by the Tigers. Not exactly the right trend as the Tide is driving into LSU territory as we start the 4th quarter.

2nd Quarter Analysis

Fournette found a bit of a groove early in the 2nd quarter by churning out 24 yards in the second quarter. That's the type of game we're talking about. This game has been about as even as it can get and both teams are having trouble moving the ball. Both defenses are tackling very well for the most part and playing fundamentally sound ball. Special teams are becoming key as Alabama punter JK Scott has had a couple punts not go his way including the one at the end of the half that set LSU up on the Alabama 47. Granted, LSU came away with nothing, but eventually the Tigers could take advantage if Etling and Fournette can power this offense to move the ball. LSU hasn't involved the tight ends just yet as Etling has looked for DJ Chark much of the night, who has two catches for 43 yards. Etling looked Chark's way on a corner route that he couldn't fit in there, resulting in an incompletion. If LSU starts hitting some of those plays, the Tigers have a chance to open things up more for Fournette. If you're the LSU defense, keep doing what you're doing. Alabama has moved it a little bit, but overall, the Tigers are tackling well and keeping Bama in check. If the offense can give them a bit of a rest with a long drive in the second half, it'd go a long way.

1st Quarter Analysis

Offensively for LSU, there's a lot to be concerned about outside of a deep 1-on-1 ball that was completed to DJ Chark from Danny Etling. LSU running back Leonard Fournette has three carries for -3 yards tonight. Danny Etling meanwhile is 3-for-5 for 45 yards, but has already been sacked three times on the night and gotten hit a few times. LSU's defense meanwhile, has been stout against Bama for the most part. Jalen Hurts threw an interception on the Tide's first drive that gave LSU great field position, but couldn't capitalize. Right now, both defensive lines are dominating. Dwayne Thomas for LSU and Tim Williams for Alabama are having exceptional games early with multiple tackles and big plays for both sides. If either team is going to score, it'll take a serious drive put together to do so as the defenses have the upper hand early.

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LSU-Bama Times of Interest

11 a.m. — CST’s LSU GameDay Live Pre-Game Show (Tiger One Village at PMAC)
11 a.m. — ESPN’s College GameDay Radio (live from Walkon’s)
Noon — LSU Ticket Office opens  
2 p.m. — L-Club Tailgate (Legends Club at PMAC)
2 p.m. — Tiger One Village opens (front of PMAC)
2:30 p.m. — Bag of Donuts performs in Zatarain’s Tiger One Village (front of PMAC)
3:30 p.m. — TAF Pre-Game Party (at PMAC)
4 p.m. — Club level and Suites open at Tiger Stadium
4:15 p.m. — LSU Student gates open at Tiger Stadium
4:30 p.m. — All remaining gates open at Tiger Stadium
4:50 p.m. — LSU walks down “Victory Hill” with former LSU football alumni                
5 p.m. — LSU Game Day presented by CST radio show at Zatarain’s Tiger One Village
5:10 p.m. — Band comes down Victory Hill
6:30 p.m. — LSU Sports Radio Network live from Tiger Stadium
6:44 p.m. — Guest Captains Presentation: Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Deion Jones, Leonard Marshall  
6:48 p.m. — LSU Salutes
6:54 p.m. — Golden Band from Tigerland takes the field for pregame performance
6:58 p.m. — Alma Mater and National Anthem
7:04 p.m. — LSU intro video
7:05 p.m. — Team Captains out of locker room
7:06 p.m. — Alabama takes the field
7:07 p.m. — LSU takes the field
7:07 p.m. — Coin toss at midfield
7:10 p.m. — Kickoff: LSU vs. Alabama on CBS   

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