Alabama’s defense is no stranger to pressure.
The Crimson Tide is No. 1 in the nation in total pressure, with four of the top six in the country.
The defense has forced more turnovers than any other SEC program, averaging just 2.85 per game this season.
That includes a whopping 1.77 per game on the year, according to data provided by Sporting Charts.
The Tide has also allowed the most sacks per game (3.6), which is tied for the third most among FBS teams, behind only South Carolina (4.1).
The Tide will need to continue to generate pressure in a way that puts opponents on the defensive side of the ball in order to have any chance of beating LSU.
Here are three steps Alabama should take to stop LSU’s “No-hop” defense: 1.
Cover 3 Alabama’s offense plays off its coverage concepts, which are designed to attack the quarterback’s eyes in a 3-4 look.
The Tigers typically use this scheme to get vertical with the quarterback in order for the defense to get pressure on him.
The 3-2-5 alignment will open up the running game, which makes it easier for the defensive backs to get behind the quarterback.
Press the Edge Alabama’s front seven has been able to keep LSU’s offensive line off the line of scrimmage with its blitzing blitzes, as evidenced by the fact that Alabama is allowing just 2 sacks per contest this season, the lowest mark in the SEC.
This is also the case against LSU, as Alabama has been forced to surrender just 3 sacks through the air in four games.
Alabama’s defensive line has been very good in this regard, as it ranks fourth in the conference with a +15.3 run stop percentage, which ranks second in the FBS behind Alabama’s secondary.
Use the Line of Scrimmage The line of scrimmages allows the Tide’s defensive backs the freedom to make decisions on how to attack a particular play, such as whether to take a safety deep or take a wide-9.
Alabama has used this scheme against LSU twice this season: once in the Tide-Georgia game and once in a game against Texas A&M.
The line has allowed just one sack through the line in its two trips to Baton Rouge, which is the lowest total in the league.
Use “The Run” Alabama has the most rushing yards per game in the ACC this season with 2,093, and it is not a stretch to say that Alabama’s rushing attack is one of the best in the game.
In the Tide game, Alabama averaged 1.82 yards per carry, which was the third highest in the Pac-12.
However, LSU has been much more efficient in scoring points.
LSU averages 2.33 points per carry (fourth in the NCAA), while Alabama averages 2 (fifth).
The Tigers have allowed just 3.8 points per game, but they have allowed an average of just 2 points per drive.
Keep the Line on the Field Alabama has only allowed seven total sacks through its first five games, which includes two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries.
The two fumbles came in the final minute of the Alabama-North Carolina game.
While Alabama will probably struggle to get back to the winning ways it showed in the win over Florida State, the Tigers have shown that they can compete in a number of ways against any opponent.