The Alabama Crimson Tide took a 9-0 lead into the locker room against the LSU Tigers in the BCS National Championship Game. Even bigger, the Tide get the ball back to start the second half. If they can do the impossible and tack on another field goal, this game could be blown wide open. Does LSU have six safeties in it?
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The question of the superior defense has been answered for the time being. Alabama has held LSU to only 43 yards -- though that's right around what the Tigers had mustered in the SEC Championship Game's first half against the Georgia Bulldogs. Bama's defense is a little bit better than UGA's, though, and has had quite a bit more time with which to prepare.
Alabama, meanwhile, rode a late-half field goal drive into a 225-yard total, actually a respectable sum for just about any team in just about any setting. A.J. McCarron has been cautious, but has 156 yards through the air.
It could be even worse for LSU, since that noted Tigers special teams unit has blocked a field goal.