Alabama dominates LSU to lock SEC West behind Tua Tagovailoa


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Recovering the top moments of the action of week 10 of the college football, which include the Michigan Residence in Penn State and many more.
USA TODAY

BATON ROUGE – It's up to you, Tua Tagovailoa can play in the fourth quarter – not that it really did. Given the team's tours during the season, the idea of ​​a show sounded great, but it seemed a little forced and it was. Eighth consecutive Alabama's victory in LSU's competition came through a clear closure and served as a statement.

The Tiger stadium was overturned and was as loud as ever. But it did not matter. The Alabama offense slowed slightly, but only slightly. Tua and Tide blew the noise from the valley of Death Valley.

Here are three takeaways from Alabama's No 1 win 29-0 versus no. 4 LSU:

– So well, the Alabama offense is not quite unstoppable. LSU's defense has done a nice job of making things much harder than Tide had faced in its first eight games. The Tigers still dug Tagovailoa, sending it on the sidelines for a game in the first quarter. But for the most part, they hunted him in vain. And against Alabama, you better have to make some reservations about an offense to yourself if you hope to have a hug of a chance.

And ultimately, Tagovailoa was super, again: 25-from-42 for 295 meters and two fins. It has pushed it all with a 44-yard explosion for a third-quarter touchdown that set the lead to 22-0.

Even Tagovailoa's first response to the season – a deep pass through Todd Harris in LSU 5 late in the second quarter – worked well, serving almost like a punt. After the Tigers went three and six, Alabama came close to the middle and only needed two games to score. The smile of Tagovailoa at the close end of Irv Smith was perfect. Tide led 16-0, and the only realistic question that remained was whether Tagovailoa would play in the fourth quarter.

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– Ed Orgeron has galvanized the LSU, which has fallen into realistic playoff play but can still be headed for at least 10 wins. But in the end, what we suspected was exposed. Despite the start of 7-1 and the high rankings in the original soccer of 25 football, the Tigers are not an elite.

They are excluded from a known issue: the same aggressive approach and the same production (lack). For most of the season, they survived because of a great defense. But against Alabama – which has a good defense, but not a dominant one – LSU has not been able to produce much. In the decisive first semester, the Tigers were managing 67 shipyards in 29 theatrical plays, an average of 2.3 meters. They broke the middle field twice.

To climb the LSU to the point where its supporters believe it should be – which in SEC West means for LSU to defeat Alabama – the Tiger offense has to be upgraded in the 21st century

– Alabama will face another talented defense next week when the Mississippi State visits Tuscaloosa. But bulldogs are offending like the LSU. This means that Tagovailoa and Alabama may not score in any occupation – although they could – but are unlikely to risk too much. Auburn remains on schedule (and, ah, on the Acropolis) – but repeated with us, offensively challenged. We are easily at the point where it feels absolutely safe to move quickly to Alabama-Georgia in the SEC championship game with a playoff spot on the line.

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