JJ & JL would struggle mightily against that 2003 defense, which was also nearly impossible to run on. 2003 LSU is similar in many ways to 2011 Bama. 2011 would definitely win a few though. I'll say 6-4 in favor of 2003.
This seems like the best analysis in this thread so far, although 2011 Bama was a much better running team than 03 LSU. But the D and passing game, at least Bama's passing on 1/9, was very similar
Swap QB's and 11 wins all 10.
By the way, I think our 2011 team beats Bama 2011 6 out of 10.
Very true. The rematch was virtually impossible for LSU to win. LSU was in the odd position of feeling like they needed to stick with what worked the first game, while Saban had nothing to lose so he was able to pull an O out of his hat that they hadn't run all year, letting AJ throw to the sidelines, and I'll be damned if AJ didn't play the game of his life.
LSU was trying to win another war of attrition waiting for D and ST to win the game like it did on 11/5, but Saban was playing a different game.
Even then, the game was 12-0 after 3 quarters. A single turnover or big ST play, like we had gotten all year that made us so dominant, would have made it a game, but it never came. Maze got the ST play of the game with his early return, and LSU never got theirs.
If LSU got a chance to break the 1-1 tie, Chavis would have been able to study and stop that O, similar to the way he did in 2012, and LSU would have changed their attack on O the way they did in 2009, 2010 and 2012 to much success.
But 1/9 we felt like it was going to be another 11/5 slugfest, and prepared as such. Huge miscalculation by Miles, but if he had come out slinging it around and lost, people would have said he was an idiot for changing what worked the first time. It really was a terrible position to be in.
which qb from the 2011 team is playing these 10 games? that could be the difference in the 2011 team going 6-4 or 0-10.
Yep. Zero chance Lee would have ever gotten a W against that 03 D (I realize this is probably the exact opposite of what the OP meant, but it is the fact of the matter. Lee 1 TD 7 INTs all time against Saban. Lee's shorts would have needed changing facing Lavalais, Spears, Hill, Williams, Webster, Daniels, Hunt, Landry, and Alexander. Seriously, would have been UGLY.)
Nah. JJ would just be confused and the '03 D brought tons of pressure so Lee would just shite himself.
Agreed. 2011 D could force Mauck into some turnovers though too, see FL, OM, and OU 2003.
As long as 11 didn't turn the ball over, big plays on ST and D could have gotten wins against 03 the way the got the W over Bama on 11/5.
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