College Football: LSU and Alabama Play for All the Marbles

Al Dannity | Updated Jan 06, 2012

It’s been six long weeks since LSU won the SEC Championship Game but now, finally, the Tigers will meet the Crimson Tide for the BCS National Championship. It’s the re-match the world has been waiting for and Al Dannity is ready to make his call.

Forget about split titles The thought of the AP and BCS titles being split if Alabama beats LSU needs to put to bed right away. I’m the first in line to rip the arbitrary manner in which the pairing for this game gets put together. For all the off the field flaws in College Football, this sports shares one thing in common with all other big time sports. It doesn’t matter if it’s the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, World Cup, or even the 100 metres at the Olympics. If you want to be the champ, you’ve got to win your final game.

It may be unfair that LSU did more than Alabama and indeed beat the Tide in Tuscaloosa. That’s just sports. College Football betting fans know that whoever wins on Monday night is the champion because that’s the way it goes. If LSU wants a national title, they have to win it in the Superdome.

Defensive and special teams scores could be crucial I expect Jordan Jefferson and Trent Richardson’s roles to feature more on the scoreboard this Monday night. Both players had good performances in the first meeting of these teams but neither offense found the endzone. What struck me most however was how neither defense managed to turn a turnover into a touchdown.

The Tide and Tigers each possess units capable of punishing the slightest of mistakes. Tyrann Mathieu in particular is a threat to take the ball back every time he forces a turnover. The Honey Badger presents a similar threat in the return game. For all his talents, TM7 isn’t the most important factor on special teams. That honor goes to Brad Wing, a punter so good that his omission from the list of Ray Guy award finalists caused uproar. This season the Australian has been the best punter at any level, including the NFL.

The verdict The Mad Hatter and Nick Saban each won BCS titles as head coach at LSU. Saban added a second to his resume in just his third season with the Crimson Tide. Now Miles has a shot to even the score and prove once and for all that he can win with his own recruits. These are two loaded teams but in Louisiana, with the world watching, I like LSU to complete a perfect 14 and Eaux season.

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