Mike Detillier: LSU offense has “something up their sleeve” for Bama
MOBILE, AL (WNSP) — Mike Detillier, college football analyst with New Orleans’ WWL 870 AM radio, spoke with the Opening Kickoff guys Thursday morning. Mark, Lee and Mike all discussed the LSU-Bama game this Saturday.
Detillier said he had LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Alabama’s Jonathan Allen “basically right behind (Texas A&M defensive end) Miles Garrett” on his NFL draft board.
“You’re talking about the three top-rated players right now, in the 2017 NFL Draft,” he said. “Leonard at the No. 2 spot, Allen at the No. 3.”
Detillier said LSU’s talent is what “gives them a fightin’ chance” against the Tide.
“If you don’t believe it, it ain’t gonna happen,” he said. “They’re just repeating their head coach, whose trying to get this positive attitude in them because of these last five games.”
Lee asked if the Tigers had a better chance to beat Bama with head coach Ed Orgeron, rather than recently fired coach Les Miles.
“That’s a hard question to answer,” Detillier said. “Only because Ed hasn’t played them yet.
“This was almost tailor-made. Had Les been there, he wasn’t going to change anything. The numbers have shown… the last five years, (Saban) has beaten them, and LSU has not scored more than 17 points in those five games.
“You gotta score in the twenties to beat Alabama. Even with the defense you have, you gotta be able to put up more points than that.”
Detillier said that the defense is preparing for Alabama’s offense, led by freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts, in the same way it prepared for Johnny Manziel.
“Manziel’s worst efforts in the SEC were against LSU,” he said. “They kept him in the pocket. They didn’t let him get around.
“They did a nice job of basically saying, ‘Johnny, if you’re gonna beat us, you’re just throwing in the pocket, but we’re not gonna let you run around.’ They didn’t. They cornered him, and guess what, LSU wins two games (against Manziel.)
So, I think they’re gonna try to steal that same philosophy of cupping Jalen in the pocket… If they can’t contain him, they’ve got no shot.”
Detillier then said something cryptic about LSU’s offensive gameplan.
“I’m just telling you what I’m telling you,” he said. “They’ve got a little trick up their sleeve that they think might work offensively. Something they have not done yet this season… When you see it, you’re gonna say, ‘Detillier said it.'”
Listen to the full interview below.
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