LSU enters this weekend’s game against Alabama as the No. 1 team in the AP Poll, with the Crimson Tide at No. 2. It is the most anticipated matchup between these two schools since the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.
On paper, this is the best LSU team in years. The Tigers finally have an explosive offense and a bona fide quarterback, and while the defense isn’t as good as past iterations, it still ranks in the top 25 in scoring and total defense and 13th in rushing defense.
Throw in Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa being banged up and this is theoretically LSU’s best chance to beat Alabama since 2011. Still, ESPN’s Mike Greenberg isn’t sold.
On Get Up! this morning, Greenberg delivered a monologue about the LSU-Alabama game. He cited the optimism of his colleagues, former LSU stars Ryan Clark and Marcus Spears, and cautioned them and all LSU fans to reexamine the reality of playing in Tuscaloosa.
“History says you have almost no chance,” Greenberg said. “‘At Alabama’ have been the two scariest words in the [college[ football language for over a decade. Nick Saban’s team loses in that building so infrequently, that you can actually remember all of the games. There was the Johnny Manziel game, the Cam Newton comeback game, the 9-6 game and then one time that Ole Miss beat them. That is it. Four defeats in 11 years.
“Alabama is 78-4 at home since 2008. And it gets worse: right now, they have the longest-ever home win streak in the SEC. They’ve won 31 straight games by an average of 32 points. There is not one single player on Alabama’s roster that has ever lost at Bryant-Denny Stadium.”
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) November 7, 2019
Greenberg concluded his comments by essentially saying LSU has to “prove” it can win at Alabama before anyone should think it will. Fair enough, considering how daunting a task that has been for teams.
If the Tigers do win on Saturday though, you can bet Clark and Spears will hold Greeny’s remarks against him when they are back on the air next week.