Twitter reacts to LSU's first half of domination against Alabama

Tanya Simon
November 10, 2019

Here comes the big question: Does Alabama have the necessary strength of schedule to make the College Football Playoff if it finishes the season at 11-1?

Here's what cord cutters need to know to watch No. 2 LSU versus No. 3 Alabama on Saturday.

LSU: The Tigers have eight wins over Top 10 teams in the past two seasons, none bigger than this. Their championship chase can get back on track with a win at Ohio State in two weeks. It kept going from game seemingly over to game on. I am so happy for the state of Louisiana and all the LSU fans and our football team and our coaching staff - they worked very hard for this victory.

Burrow was impressive as a passer, displaying tremendous patience in the pocket and accuracy at all levels of the field throughout the game.

But Alabama, specifically Najee Harris, responded like champions.

That's where Alabama could be in trouble - if the committee deems the Tide "similar" to the winners of the Pac-12 or Big 12, forcing the use of those tiebreakers.

"I'm just so proud to be a Gopher, and I speak for our whole team when I say that", said Fleck, who declared the game ball he handed afterward to the school president for the entire state. "That's Alabama on the other side, dynasty".

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The first sellout crowd for the Gophers at home in four years swarmed the field after the clock ran out, reveling in the first win at home over a top-five team since a shutout of No. 1 MI in 1977. That's a question for the committee to tackle on December 8.

Alabama just looked a half-step off for much of the first half and made several uncharacteristic errors.

How high does Minnesota climb? What is the Gophers' ceiling? The Nittany Lions are 8-0 for the first time since 2008. Although it was a monumental win for the program, remember that Minnesota beat South Dakota State 28-21, needed double overtime to beat Fresno State and beat Georgia Southern 35-32. Penn State was the first ranked opponent the Gophers had faced all season. It was a huge step in the right direction, but probably not enough to overcome an otherwise awful schedule and really make a push for the top four right now.

Penn State: QB Sean Clifford.

Tagovailoa practiced all week and was expected to give it a go, though Alabama coach Nick Saban called the Heisman Trophy runner-up's status a game-time decision.

Penn State had a chance to take the lead thanks to the defense stepping up late. The Nittany Lions, led by linebacker Micah Parsons and defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos, have the second-stingiest run defense in the FBS with an average of 68.4 yards given up per game on the ground. He's third on the team in tackles and is second in the FBS with five interceptions.

Any team not playing on December 7 can only hope.

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