Film Room: Too soon? If you're up for it, here's a detailed look at how Alabama was able to impose its will on LSU _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) finds running tough against Alabama.

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Doubt we see Ducre much. He didn’t play in the game against Alabama after playing one play, burning his redshirt, against Western Kentucky.

It’s all Mouton, it seems. Since Moore’s injury, LSU has often aligned in the shotgun or one-back, choosing not to use a fullback. We might see more of that.

Bama is definitely built to stop the run. That’s how all of Nick Saban’s teams are built. The thing about that game is that LSU’s offensive line struggled so much that anything the Tigers did would not have been very successful.

That game provided such a great example of how important an offensive line is to an offense. Everyone seems to be focused on LSU’s run blocking woes, but the Tigers were beat in pass protection as well. Harris was pressured on nearly half of his dropbacks.

Well, let’s look at who is A) really interested in being a head coach and B) is a good candidate for a head coaching position.

1. Frank Wilson: He’s the easy leader in this group. Wilson was a finalist for the head coaching job at Troy last year. He does want to be a head coach. There’s no denying that, and he has a good track record. He’s outgoing, personable, etc. He’s a good candidate.

2. Ed Orgeron: Orgeron was pretty upset when Southern Cal passed over him for the job to replace Lane Kiffin. Orgeron, you get the feeling, does want to be a head coach, but his track record isn’t like Wilson. Orgeron has been a head coach. And, while he went 6-2 as USC’s interim coach, he went 10-25 in three years as coach of Ole Miss. That was a long time ago, and I hear that Orgeron learned a ton from his time in Oxford.

3. Cam Cameron: Like Orgeron, Cameorn has been a head coach before, too, and it hasn’t gone great. He went 18-37 in five years at Indiana. First off, does he want to be a head coach again? Yeah probably. At least according to his contract with LSU. The contract waives his damages if he left for a head coaching job in the NFL or in college football outside of the SEC.


Good timing. We asked Mills that this week. Response:

“None. I know the game I play. It’s a physical game. Who’s to say that if I went to the NFL, the same thing could have happened?”

Players know they’re still in it. They know they can make the SEC championship game (if Bama loses) and know they could, even, make the College Football Playoff, though unlikely, without winning the SEC.

That’s what they’re all thinking about: It’s still possible, but they’ve got to win out.

He’s still listed as a linebacker on LSU’s roster. And Les Miles said the only fullbacks are Mouton, Ducre and Ronnie Feist.

It’s hard to believe LSU coaches knew that their O-line would struggle in such a fashion since they’re game plan, clearly, was to run the ball. Were they as surprised as many? Probably not. They watch a ton of film. I’m sure they knew Bama was good.

Absolutely. Here’s a complete run-down of that.

No doubt about that. LSU has struggled without its “flashlight,” as Fournette calls JD Moore. We’ve seen LSU use more shotgun and one-back sets without Moore, eliminating the fullback position. I think we see more of that.

Since LSU’s losing streak vs. Bama began:

  • LSU-Bama margin: 13.4 points
  • Ole Miss-Bama margin (including two 6-point wins): 15.4
  • Tennessee-Bama margin: 22.8

So the Vols and the Rebels don’t have much luck against the Tide, despite Ole Miss’ two wins. Remember, LSU had two games in the bag against Bama before the Tide scored in the final minute to win in 2012 and to push it to overtime in 2014, where it won.

Never the less, LSU’s offense is based around running the football. Bama’s defense is based around stopping the run. It’s not a good match.