Decision Time: LSU Takes on Alabama

Decision Time: LSU Takes on Alabama

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The game everyone has hoped all season long would turn out to be the “game of the year” is shaping up as planned this Saturday evening when the LSU Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. The two SEC teams, ranked 1-2 in the nation, will be putting it all on the line beginning at 8 p.m., with the winner likely having an inside track to the national championship game on January 9.

What kind of game we’ll see on Saturday may be a bit of a mystery given that both teams usually put up about 40 points per game. They’re also the stingiest on defense with the Tide giving up just 7 points per game, the best in the nation, while the Tigers give up 11.5 points per game, the third best in the nation. Clearly, neither team can afford to give the other any ground, otherwise the risk of this game quickly spiraling out of control will become a strong possibility.

Tide by the Tail

Earlier this week, the home team was a 4.5 point favorite, a position that likely pleases the Tigers who may want to play underdog for motivation purposes. Bama leads this series with 45 wins to LSU’s 24 wins, plus five ties, and had routinely vanquished the Tigers until recent years. Since 2000, LSU has won 8 of the 10 match ups, losing only in the two years when Alabama won a national championship.

Both teams are coming off of a bye week and have had plenty of time to rest and to prepare. They’ve also been listening to the hype with an exasperated Tide coach Nick Saban telling everyone to chill out. That isn’t likely to happen. Why should it?

National Championship

This is the first time since 2006 for the two top teams in the nation to square off in a regular season game. In 2006, it was Ohio State and Michigan. This year, like then, some have suggested that the loser could still play for the national championship, but just like then, don’t count on the pollsters seeing it that way. Besides, if the Oklahoma State Cowboys win out this year, they’ll have a legitimate shot at squaring off against Saturday’s winner. Stanford and Boise State will be making a case too, but the Cowboys are in the best position right now.

Some people are looking at the game of the year from a professional standpoint, reviewing each team’s roster to see who is likely to head to the NFL. According to Sports NOLA, the Tide has 12 seniors who are eligible for the 2012 draft and the Tigers have 9, but those numbers don’t include juniors who may skip out their final year of school to head to the pros. With millions of dollars on the line, can you blame them?

Possible Outcome

Dare I predict the outcome of this game? Sure, why not? Roll tide, roll…Alabama 20, LSU 17.

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