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Playoff contenders and pretenders: Goodbye LSU, Texas A&M, Nebraska

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Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett scrambles during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Norman Okla. After blowing away oppone

He has great poise.

This is a pretty good candidate to be a trap game, but I ultimately don't think it will happen. "He has handled that very, very well".

Why the Gators make it to Atlanta: They already own a nice cushion with only one conference loss and a head-to-head tiebreaker edge over Kentucky, the only other East team with fewer than three SEC defeats. But LSU's offense could not capitalize against menacing defensive end Jonathan Allen and the rest of Alabama's suffocating defense.

When LSU fired head coach Les Miles just over a month ago I would've very happily ruled them out of contention, especially for this game, but the circumstances have changed dramatically. "We just want to stop the runs, stop the pass, stop everyone on the play".

The Tigers finished with 125 total yards.

At quarterback, the Tigers rely on Danny Etling, former Purdue quarterback, to take care of the football and manage the game. "I think we're just getting started, to be honest with you".

ABOUT ALABAMA (8-0, 5-0 SEC): Jackson has scored three of the Crimson Tide's 12 non-offensive touchdowns and losing his 23.0 average on punt returns will also cost the squad some of the field-position advantages it has enjoyed.

There was nothing surprising about Alabama beating LSU, their sixth consecutive win in the series, and their ninth since the beginning of the season, continuing to establish themselves as the number one team in the SEC and the nation. "Everybody that's lined up across from us, we hate you; we're trying to kill you". Now, for the fifth consecutive year, there will be no appearance in the Southeastern Conference championship game for LSU, which has dropped six straight to the Crimson Tide, starting with the January 2012 BCS national championship game. He'd declined interview requests in the week leading up to the game, and he didn't speak afterward. "People love him and you can see players play for him", Bielema stated. "Our guys did it past year".

Both of these players have earned spot playing time as the season has gone on and Tiger fans have a lot to look forward to on the defensive line. Alabama's previous scoreless first half came on September 29, 2007, in the Tide's 21-14 loss to Florida State, which was tied 0-0 at halftime. That's why the audition should continue; Arkansas and Texas A&M have relatively poor defenses, and LSU should be able to move the ball and score on them the way the Tigers did in those first three games.

The Tigers' defense came up big yet again when end Frank Heron sacked and stripped Hurts, and Key recovered on the Alabama 42.

LSU would then use that excess money to give defensive coordinator Dave Aranda anything and everything that his heart desires.

That same night, Fournette set an LSU record for rushing yards in a single game with 284 against Ole Miss.

After Arkansas, LSU closes the home regular season against No. 16 Florida (6-2, 4-2 SEC) on Nov. 19 at noon on the SEC Network and plays the regular season finale at No. 11 Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2) on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN. After all, LSU has a quarterback committed in Myles Brennan who looks plenty capable of running that style of offense.

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