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LSU is good and thats why they get some love...
...BUT its also because all of their big games have been on ESPN and the 24/7 cycle of hype that comes along with it while ours have been on CBS w/ about 30 minutes of hype prior to the actual game. That shouldn't go unnoticed.
I tend to agree with you, and made this argument before the season ever started. LSU is a very good team, but I'm not really sure if they're better than some other very good teams (Wisconsin, Boise, Stanford, Bama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas... I think Clemson is an imposter...).
LSU has a lot of young players that play with a tremendous amount of aggression. Against dink and dunk teams (which is OU, WVU, UF) that style can be devastating.
However, they may struggle a little bit when they have to play a team with a power running element, and the ability to hold point enough to run misdirection. Wisconsin would be a particularly bad matchup for LSU right now. AU, as much as I hate to admit it, also fits this mold. Though a lack of a QB should ensure LSU wins, I will be very interested to see how well LSU deals with Auburn's Dyer-led running game.
But the biggest thing, to me at least, is that LSU's offense is still pretty suspect. They struggled at times against UT, and were outgained by Oregon, and BADLY outgained by WVU. They scored a lot of points due to turnovers from a very young and small Oregon squad, and an always turnover prone WVU team (anyone remember AU-WVU in 09?).
If Alabama comes in running well, and doesn't turn the ball over, I think the OP's prediction of a double digit Bama win is a definite possibility.
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