Game of the Week: Alabama vs. LSU

TicketCity’s weekly ranking of the 10 hottest games in college football is designed to identify the match-ups with the strongest ticket demand on a weekly basis. This week LSU vs. Alabama ranks #1 on our list. Contributor Jeff K. gives the run-down on who will win this stage-setting match-up.

Why Alabama will win the biggest game of week one:

Alabama can’t look past this game against LSU if it wants to play for the national championship. There are too many other schools just waiting for the Crimson Tide to slip up. No, Alabama will focus on the Tigers and keeping their record unblemished. Nick Saban has veteran leadership to make sure there is no November stumble like the previous two seasons. Quarterback A.J. McCarron has the experience to put the game on his shoulders if necessary. For the season, McCarron is completing nearly seventy percent of his passes and has an impressive 16:3 touchdown to interception ratio. T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake lead the rushing attack and have a combined 17 rushing touchdowns. Alabama is so balanced on offense it has given the defense time to grow up and become dominant again.

Why I could be wrong:

Zach Mettenberger. The senior signal caller has 19 touchdown passes so far this season. He is just 119 passing yards away from eclipsing his total for last season – with four games left to play. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has transformed Mettenberger into a complete quarterback. Of course, it helps when you have weapons like Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry at wide receiver. The Tiger’s passing attack has dramatically improved this year. Why is this important? LSU lost quite a bit of talent on the defensive side of the ball last year, so it will be up to Mettenberger and the offense to pull off the upset. The wildcard is every Italian American’s favorite head football coach, Les Miles. He always has a gadget play up his sleeve for big games.

Why you don’t want to miss this one:

Something will have to give on Saturday. The goal is crystal clear for Alabama: win out and play for the BCS National Championship. On the other side of the ball, LSU has its eye on an at-large BCS bowl game. The Tigers would like nothing more than to play spoiler to Alabama’s run at a third national championship. The Crimson Tide can show they are still the team to beat with a victory. There will be a lot of future NFL talent on display at Bryant-Denny Stadium in what should be an exciting clash of SEC powers.

Jeff Kubiszyn is a long-time college football fan and joins TicketCity this season to highlight the biggest game of the week. He is by no means a college football expert, except at the dinner table.