Game recaps, thoughts and what mattered in the Week 10 games of the SEC college football season?
Alabama 29, LSU 0
What Happened: Alabama’s defense went Alabama, stuffing the LSU running game and pitching a shutout – helped by a late interception from Mack Wilson in the end zone – and the running game took care of everything on the offensive side.
Tua Tagovailoa threw two touchdown passes – highlighted by a 25-yard strike to Irv Smith – and ran for a 44-yard scoring play, and Damien Harris added a scoring run as the the Tide rumbled over Tigers for 281 yards on the ground.
What Mattered: Tagovailoa completed 25-of-42 passes for 295 yards and two scores with a pick, and he ran three times for 49 yards and a touchdown. Harris led the team with 107 rushing yards and the late score.
– LSU was held to 12 yards rushing on 25 carries. The longest run was from QB Joe Burrow for just 11 yards. He completed 18-of-35 passes for 184 yards with a pick. LSU had a shot at points, but Cole Tracy missed a field goal attempt.
– How dominant was the performance? Alabama outgained the Tigers 576 yards to 196 and had the ball for well over 35 minutes. There were a few false start penalties – six flags in all that Nick Saban will get grouchy about – but the team made up for the mistakes time and again.
What It All Means: There’s still work for Alabama to do. It still has to get through Mississippi State and Auburn at home – along with Citadel – but it’s in the SEC Championship vs. Georgia. It can afford to lose a game and still be fine for the College Football Playoff.
– LSU lost to Alabama … there’s hardly any shame there. With at Arkansas, Rice and at Texas A&M to close things out, there’s a chance to go 10-2 and be a lock for a New Year’s Six bowl.
NEXT: Mississippi State 45, Louisiana Tech 3