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Poking The Beast: LSU’s Dwayne Thomas Says The Tigers Will Dominate Alabama

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LSU’s Dwayne Thomas says the Tigers will dominate Alabama. He might soon find out why you don’t poke the Crimson beast.


Be careful what you wish for, LSU.

The Tigers are preparing for their clash against undefeated and No. 1-ranked Alabama in Baton Rouge next Saturday, and defensive back Dwayne Thomas is confident that the Crimson Tide will walk out of Death Valley with a loss.

“I really see us dominating this offense. I really see us dominating this team,” Thomas said.

Alabama players’ ears just perked up in a hurry.

The Crimson Tide have been excellent in all facets of the game this year, beating every opponent but one by more than 10 points. The offense is humming with freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts introducing himself to the nation, running back Damien Harris becoming a beast, and weapons on the outside such as Calvin Ridley and O.J. Howard providing threats down the field.

And then you look at the defense, which is loaded with NFL talent. The Tide have scored 12 non-offensive touchdowns this season. Defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and Tim Williams have set up camp in the opposing backfields, linebacker Reuben Foster makes sure no running back can find a rhythm, and Minkah Fitzpatrick and the secondary stick to receivers as if they were conjoined twins.

All of that means nothing to Thomas.

“This is the year,” Thomas said. “We’ve been letting them off the hook for the last couple of years. This is my senior year. We’re going out with a bang. It’s time for us to bring that win back. We’re going to be at home. I feel like we have the edge to take it to them, and we’re going to take it to them. I feel like we’re going to dominate this game.”

Sure, the Tigers are playing their best football since head coach Les Miles was dismissed and Ed Orgeron took over as the interim coach. The once-stagnant offense is putting up points, and the always stout defense is shutting down opponents.

That was against the likes of Missouri, Southern Miss, and Ole Miss. Alabama is a different animal.

The Tigers have always taken on a whole new identity since Orgeron was put in charge. They have a new swagger, and don’t seem as bottled up as before. You could argue that Thomas’ comments are a part of a new personality; that Orgeron’s boastful nature has trickled down to the players.

LSU and Thomas have another week to prepare for Alabama. And as Thomas might soon find out, be careful when you poke the beast. It almost always turns out badly.

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