I guess the answer to your question is, how much of Les' responsibility was it to stop Alabama's rise to prominence, or how much do we view this as inevitable on their part?
Carlos that is an interesting and terrific observation.
I think Alabama, USCw, Texas, Michigan and Ohio State can get and stay dominant anytime they get a better than average coach. Alabama was the the biggest prize after several years of being a non factor in football. Its now Texas. Saban realized this while at LSU. So in some ways it was inevitable.
With that said I think u have to give Les alot of credit for doing everything in his power to stay on the same level with Alabama. No one was going to stop Saban from getting great players and coaching great with the support and tradition of an Alabama. Your only strategy had to be try to keep up because the bar in winning the SEC West was just raised significantly. When u look at Les' record and his championships, u have to agree that he's at least kept it very close.
Alabama advantages against LSU have been scheduling and QB play. 2 yrs ago LSU had to play an extra game in Atlanta while Alabama took notes. But that was a terrific team that they had and there is no doubt that they were 1 of the 2 best teams that yr. but still very fortunate break for them. Last yr if either, much less both LSU or A&M dont play Florida things would be different. Also LSU got the better of Alabama in that game every where but the scoreboard. They were surprisingly more physical and had the better athletes, even with all the injuries and the suspension of the Badger. But regardless of how Alabama got there, they are there now 3 out of 4 is 3 out of 4. They are on a roll and have some really good players wanting to play there.
I think this year is the first time that LSU has fallen behind them, at least in the minds of the press, since Saban has been there. But Les is adapting and started changing his recruiting strategy last year and why he went out and got a terrific OC in Cam Cameron. Without a doubt, he realizes that u cant just line up and run the ball,punt and play defense against every team. The game is evolving and now having a good offense or system is now just as important as a good defense and he realizes this.I think the Landon Collins decision has changed the way Les looks at building his team.
Really enjoyed your post, some excellent points.
This post was edited on 7/9 at 11:26 am