Originally posted on Front Office Blogs  |  Last updated 12/21/11



Nov 5, 2011. LSU vs Alabama. It was referred to as the "Game of the Century." Alabama and LSU both destroyed opponents in the games leading up to that day. With two weeks left before the game, both fanbases were chanting the other team's name, ready for the biggest divisional game in SEC history. The game went into overtime with a score of 6-6. A mixture of a penalty and a bad sack took Alabama and unconfident field goal kicker Cade Foster out of field goal range. LSU won before they really ever touched the ball. Immediately after the game, college footbal fans bashed the game for it's lack of offense and Bama's awful kicking efforts. They called it boring. They sneered at any possibility of a rematch. Any number of teams could have knocked Bama from the Championship game. Oregon, Oklahoma, Boise State. But they failed, and Alabama got a second chance. They will take that chance January 9, 2012.


Alabama has made it to their second national title in three years, this time on a much crazier road than the last. This has caused many people to scoff at the BCS more than ever before. Still, I think you are looking at the best two teams in the country playing for the title. As Nick Saban pointed out in his press conference, the championship game will be a rematch not a replay. Both of these teams have had productive offenses until they played each other.I do think, however, that this will be a tough game, and it will still be decided by defense.

Alabama has the top defense in the nation. I do not care what your opinion is. It IS the best in the nation, and one of the best of all time. Alabama allows an average of 8.8 points per game, the best in the country. The Alabama DEFENSE allows only 6.4 points per game! One of LSU's field goal drives started at the Alabama 15 yard line after an AJ McCarron interception. Alabama held LSU to just a field goal. Kent State's lone touchdown came against Alabama after they intercepted McCarron's pass in the red zone. Alabama held Auburn to just 44 yards of offense through three quarters. They also led the nation in rushing defense, passing defense, pass eficiency defense, and third down defense. Make no mistake, this Alabama defense is GOOD.

LSU does things a little differently. While they let up a lot of yards, they get key turnovers at good times, and they bow up closer to the end zone. Oregon and West Virginia were able to score on LSU, but turned the ball over too many times for it to matter. Alabama drove consistently on LSU, only to get shut down a little bit too far away for Foster to make his field goals. A key interception, mentioned earlier, gave LSU a game-tying field goal.

 Don't let the 9-6 score fool you. These are good offenses that can pound the ball, and can throw the ball better than people think. AJ McCarron was productive all season long, and Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee are a good duo. Rueben Randle and Marquis are good targets to throw to as well.

Both teams have good returners. Mathieu scored a few punt returns, and Maze had a great one against Arkansas. The difference is obviously the kicking game. Alabama cannot rely on their kicker right now.

This game will be a toss up yet again. If it comes down to defense and offense, Alabama wins. LSU could hardly make anything happen against Alabama's vaunted defense, whereas Alabama drove somewhat easily on LSU, but coming up short with no points. If it comes down to turnovers and field goals, LSU wins, because LSU has the highest turnover margin in the country, and Alabama's kickers are just too shaky to rely on from longer distances.

I'm biased, and I am taking Alabama to win, not only because I am a fan, but because I believe Alabama will score at least a touchdown, and LSU will have too hard of a time against the stout Bama defense to come back.

Alabama 14
LSU 10 

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