The Crimson Tide have fielded some of the best defenses in college football over the last few years, so it’s no surprise LSU struggled to put up points, but Williams has a specific explanation for why those games have been so challenging for the Tigers.
The recent third-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens was asked Tuesday on a Louisiana radio show why LSU’s offense had such problems, and Williams pointed directly to the Tigers’ insistence on running the ball.
“They just downright really just going to keep running this ball knowing that we’ve got eight men in the box,” Williams said on 104.5 FM in Baton Rouge, according to Matt Zenitz of AL.com. “If they would have passed the ball or showed some passing or something, it would have been a different three to four years, but they just kept running the ball and just kept running and running. We were like, ‘Man, I don’t know what the deal is with this.'”
Williams may have a point. During last season’s meeting, LSU star running back Leonard Fournette was held to 35 yards on 17 carries, while the year before, the Tide limited him to 31 yards on 19 carries. The Tigers failed to effectively move the ball on the ground in 2014 and 2013 too, and have not won in the series since 2011.
While the running game has been the bread and butter of the Tigers’ offense for years, their insistence on trying to run against Alabama’s front has proven fruitless of late and only made the matchup more difficult. Based on Williams’ comments Tuesday, Alabama is more than happy to let LSU try to work the ground game.