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LSU’s blueprint to upsetting Alabama | Tiger Pride Podcast

No. 19 LSU visits No. 1 Alabama this weekend as the biggest underdog the Tigers have been in more than two decades.

And coach Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide squad is favored for plenty of reason.

But Jerit Roser and Mark Clements found some potential sources of optimism for LSU fans as they continued to dissect the matchup and break down all of those dynamics in the podcast below.

Listen to this week’s Tiger Pride Podcast to dive into the challenge that awaits the Tigers, as well as a blueprint to upending Alabama.

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Ranking the top five LSU vs. Alabama matchups of ‘Saban era’ | Tiger Pride Podcast

LSU enters its annually anticipated matchup against Alabama fresh off arguably its best game of the season thus far in a 40-24 victory at Ole Miss.

The Tigers’ three straight SEC wins have provided some renewed optimism — even as notable underdogs in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

And Jerit Roser and Mark Clements took the bye-week opportunity to rank the top five matchups between the rivals since former LSU coach Nick Saban took over the Crimson Tide in 2007.

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LSU doesn’t allow BYU to cross 50-yard line in dominant, ironic Superdome return

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Cornerback Andraez “Greedy” Williams intercepted a pass in his first career game for LSU on Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Jerit Roser, DatBoot.com)

With seemingly eyes on offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s debut, LSU’s dominant — and ironic — defense stole the show in the program’s return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Tigers (1-0) held BYU (1-1) to just 92 yards of total offense in Saturday’s 27-0 shutout victory to begin the 2017 schedule, their first season-opening shutout since 2007.

In fact, the Cougars failed to cross the 50-yard line in a performance many fans and media throughout the day likened to LSU’s own offensive futility in the 2011 national championship contest in the same venue.

“I think the second quarter, we’re over there looking at the stats and saying, ‘You know, we’ve got a real shot of doing this,'” senior defensive lineman Christian LaCouture said. “We expect to be that. But you never know at the game — you could have a great performance, but it’s 200 yards total or 300 yards total, but you played well.

“But when I saw in the fourth-quarter, it’s (about) 97 yards, I’m like, ‘No, we’re staying in. We’ve gotta keep going.'”

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Hashing through LSU’s coaching announcements, subsequent recruiting news

Ed Orgeron will be LSU’s football coaching moving forward, Athletic Director Joe Alleva announced Saturday after a week-long whirlwind of rumors linked Jimbo Fisher and Tom Herman to the position.

And within just four days, the subsequent news and developments have given fans little opportunity to catch their breath.

Most notably and anticipated, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will remain on board — with a pay raise and extension at that — while the Tigers have parted ways with special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto.

A pair of prospects with longstanding relationships with Orgeron took steps away from LSU.

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LSU vs. Alabama: How optimistic can Tigers fans be vs. the No. 1 Tide? | Podcast

A month and a few days ago, LSU looked destined for a sixth straight loss to rival Alabama.

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Defensive backs Tre’Davious White and Jamal Adams hold up four fingers on each hand to signify the fourth quarter against Southern Miss. (Jerit Roser)

The Tigers had just fired longtime coach Les Miles on the heels of a wild, heartbreaking loss at a seemingly mediocre Auburn to fall to 2-2 on the year, and the Crimson Tide were No. 1 in the nation and rolling.

But interim coach Ed Orgeron and company have outscored their three opponents since then by a combined 125-38 margin, including a 38-21 defeat two weeks ago of a once highly regarded Ole Miss squad.

In the process, LSU (5-2) has not only re-entered the national polls, but climbed all the way to No. 13 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Alabama (8-0) still tops every list.

But Tigers fans have a world more reason to be optimistic about their team can potentially finally end its recent drought in the rivalry.

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