No. 1 Louisiana State Tigers (13-0, 8-0 SEC)
No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 SEC)
New Orleans, Louisiana
8:30 PM EST
Here we are. Again. It's a rematch of the "Game of the Century" for the national championship of college football. Four quarters weren't enough to separate this pair of defensive powerhouses in November and there is every indication that we'll be treated to another taut battle tonight. After an overtime session in the earlier matchup between these two SEC foes, the difference was a paltry three points. Of course, playing against the Tide and the Tigers, three points came seem like quite the offensive windfall.
After waiting for the BCS numbers to be crunched, Alabama discovered that it would get another shot at the LSU -- whether fans around the nation wanted to watch it or not. While some would love to see the high-octane offense of Oklahoma State attacking the stingy LSU defense, don't you dare tell any of the rabid folks down in the Big Easy that any game could possibly be more compelling than this one. Whereas most bowl games bring with them the novelty of an unusual pairing of unfamiliar foes, this game presents us with two teams, two coaches and two fan bases with a long, storied history of competition who would like nothing more than to win the national championship at the expense of a rival.
The Tigers and the Tide knew each others strengths and weaknesses before they were given more than a month to prepare for this game. What will they have prepared for tonight? What will it take to win? Can Trent Richardson find the end zone for Alabama? Will the Honey Badger come up with a game-changing play for the Tigers?
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01/10/2012 12:29 AM EST
Closing It Out
While the Alabama defense was as dominating as they could possibly have been, I think it was Tide's approach to offense that set the tone here. Nick Saban and his coaching staff showed up tonight with varied formations and a game plan that instilled confidence in A.J. McCarron. They were planning on playing a different game then the last time these teams met.
LSU seemed to think it was going to be a do-over. They seemed caught off guard by the Bama offense and totally overwhelmed by the Tide's defense. Jordan Jefferson just didn't have it and Les Miles wasn't prepared to go to Lee.
01/09/2012 11:47 PM EST
@ LevOnUSC :
I'll know newspapers are REALLY in trouble the day a team wins a title and the players are carrying around iPads w/ "CHAMPS" headlines
01/09/2012 11:46 PM EST
Defensive MVP: Courtney Upshaw
This man is Alabama. And he had seven tackles and a sack tonight.
01/09/2012 11:44 PM EST
Offensive Player Of The Game
Tide QB A.J. McCarron takes this prize, not surprisingly.
23-34 Passing, 234 Yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions.
01/09/2012 11:40 PM EST
That's Hard To Beat
@ CBSSports :
"Every recruiting class Nick Saban has had since coming to LSU in 2000 has experienced a national championship." Blog: http://t.co/tMTr9i5O
01/09/2012 11:39 PM EST
Tide players rocking sharp championship caps and awaiting the presentation of the crystal football vy the various suits.
01/09/2012 11:36 PM EST
@ ArashMarkazi :
So you can lose "The Game of the Century" at home and still win the national title in a rematch. #TheSeasonIsThePlayoff
01/09/2012 11:35 PM EST
After seeming thoroughly annoyed after he last won a title, Saban seems actually pleased and happy in postgame interview. That's almost as strange to see as that touchdown.
01/09/2012 11:32 PM EST
The field is full before clock hits zero. Les and Nick out there.
01/09/2012 11:31 PM EST
In Lacy's Hands
He runs this one down.