The Program: Do the LSU Tigers Have a Shot to Beat the Alabama Crimson Tide?

Michael Felder@InTheBleachersNational CFB Lead WriterOctober 31, 2012

On this edition of The Program, we give you a little chalk talk to prepare for the big SEC showdown in Baton Rouge on Saturday. LSU enters the game as the No. 5 team in the country, and the Tigers are looking to salvage their title hopes by upsetting top-ranked Alabama.

Entering this game, one thing that we know for certain about the Tigers is they don't have an offense that makes folks excited. Zach Mettenberger has not been the instant answer many fans hoped he'd become, and ultimately the offense has proved to be more bad than good. Add offensive line woes and trouble catching the football, and what you have is a passing game that just can't get going. 

The big question for the Bayou Bengals is whether they find a way to manufacture offense against the Crimson Tide. With a quarterback that's a statue in the pocket and a predictable running game, it will be interesting to see whether the LSU coaching brain trust adds in a few wrinkles.

As for Nick Saban's well-oiled winning machine, we'll discover if it can run against this LSU front. Florida was able to wear down the Tigers throughout the game, and now it is the Crimson Tide's turn to get after it as they bring the nation's best offensive line into the game. Look for them to run the Power-O, beat up the Tigers and then take advantage of the LSU's aggressiveness with passes down the field. 

All signs point to Alabama coming away triumphant; can LSU do something to avoid its second loss?