LSU took down the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday in the biggest regular season game of the year. The Tigers now have a clear path to the College Football Playoff. Alabama, on the other hand, has a lot of work to do and needs some help.
Ed Orgeron’s team controlled most of Saturday’s game, jumping out to a 33-13 halftime lead. A late surge from Tua Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide narrowed the final score’s deficit.
But there’s no question which team dominated the contest.
Despite LSU’s impressive performance on Saturday, Stephen A. Smith isn’t buying it. In fact, he thinks the Tigers got “lucky.”
“They lucky,” Smith said on ESPN’s First Take on Monday morning. “Let me explain. First of all, I want to start out on the right foot – I wanna give LSU props from the standpoint that, Alabama’s defense couldn’t stop them. They couldn’t stop [Joe] Burrow … But I’m gonna say this – Tua [Tagovailoa], you open the drive, no one touches you and you just lose the ball.”
Smith continued to cite multiple careless errors from several Alabama players. He even went on to dish some slight criticism on Nick Saban and his clock management to end the first half.
You can watch all of Smith’s comments about the game here.
Does the popular ESPN contributor have a point? The halftime score is probably much closer if Alabama’s turnovers don’t happen. But at this point, it doesn’t matter.
LSU got the well-earned win on Saturday. And all Alabama can do is move on.