Taking the option to run the option

Take a look at one of the other stories I wrote for today’s printed editions. Also, pick up a copy of the GameDay section for all kinds of extra bonus coverage from this dizzying week.

NEW ORLEANS — LSU can’t deny its intent.

Expect a heavy dose of the option offense when the Tigers get the ball in Monday’s BCS National Championship Game. The re-emergence of quarterback Jordan Jefferson and his healthy stable of running backs create matchup trouble for any defense.

Yes, even Alabama’s top-ranked run stoppers struggled with it in the 9-6 loss to LSU on Nov. 5.

Two weeks later Georgia Southern cranked out a surprising 308 rushing yards with its option against the Crimson Tide.

One plus one equals a whole lot of what the Golden Eagles did come Monday, right?

LSU offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa didn’t go that far.

“They did a great job in that game and that was something that we obviously watched and took to heart some of the things they did — how they executed what they did in the option game,” Studrawa said.

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