1. What we learned
Once again LSU is no match for Alabama. For the second straight trip here the Tigers were on the losing end of a double-digit deficit, this time by a 30-16 score. LSU couldn’t get what was the SEC’s No. 2-ranked offense going when it counted, and the Tigers’ beleaguered defense couldn’t stop the Crimson Tide’s relentless offense often enough. LSU looked improved in the trenches during this season’s 7-0 start. It may just be the vagaries of one game, but the Tigers looked overmatched on both sides of the line of scrimmage, a deadly combination.
2. Trending now
The Heisman Trophy race. Saturday night, we may have seen Leonard Fournette lose what has for weeks been an insurmountable lead to his rival in crimson. Fournette had no room to run against a defense primed to stop him, netting just 31 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Meanwhile, Alabama’s Derrick Henry looked a lot like Fournette, rumbling and surging through the LSU defense for 210 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries. A lot of time left in this race, but for the first time in a long while, Fournette may be chasing.
3. Final thoughts
Throughout its 7-0 start to the season, LSU was a talented football team with some flaws covered up to a large degree by the man who may still well be the nation’s most talented college football player. Saturday night, Fournette was unable to generate any offense for the Tigers, and the rest of the Tigers couldn’t compensate. The result is LSU is now behind Bama in the SEC West race, Fournette may be behind Henry in the Heisman race and the Tigers’ national title hopes may have taken a mortal blow.