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LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger hasn’t been nearly as effective, raising familiar concerns for a team that has flailed around for several years trying to settle on a starter and didn’t reach the end zone in two games against the Crimson Tide a season ago.
Mettenberger, a transfer from Georgia, has completed about 57 percent for 1,419 yards, with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Essentially, his role is to make sure he doesn’t do anything that gets the Tigers beat.
“Not making mistakes will be huge,” he said. “We can’t turn it over for sure.”
But it’s hard to envision the Tigers just running the ball down Alabama’s throat, even with an extremely deep stable of backs that has grown even deeper with the emergence of freshman Jeremy Hill, who rushed for more than 100 yards in LSU’s last two games.
Mettenberger must step up for his team to have any chance.
“I’m very confident in our ability as an offense to move the ball and get things done,” he said. “I hope we can go out there and show everyone our potential. The opportunity will be there for us to make big plays. We have to take advantage of those opportunities when they present themselves.”
Saban has learned a thing or two from last year’s game in Tuscaloosa.
Yes, it’s a big game.
Just don’t let it affect the way you prepare.
“I think there is such a thing as being too ramped-up for a game,” Saban said. “Everyone would say that it is really critical that you play your best in a game like this. The formula and the recipe for that doesn’t really change. Even though you would like to change it and put some more sugar in the cake to make it taste better, it usually makes it taste worse.”
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