But a lot of teams have had "shit gameplans" against Bama when all the marbles have been on the line and Bama has had time to prepare.
I think the latter part of the criteria is especially important. It's interesting you'd reference LSU and the lack of scouting help necessary for vanilla schemes.
I don't know why but people conveniently ignore that LSU got the shit kicked out of them in the 2011 BCS national championship game. It was every bit the ass kicking ND received. 21-0 doesn't even do the game justice. LSU crossed the 50 yard line once and it was with 8 minutes left to play, where the proceeded to turn the ball over.
How is it that LSU could beat Bama in Tuscaloosa a couple months earlier in the season 9-6? Further, how was it that LSU pissed a game down their legs to Bama 21-17 in Death Valley for the 2012 season? Did LSU simply have a lapse in the game that feel between the 2 regular season contests?
LSU rarely has a good game plan. But Bama really only exploited, and rather embarrassed, LSU's plan in the title match up. I don't think that's all that coincidental.