The College Bowl/BCS Season draws to a close tomorrow in Baton Rouge as number one ranked LSU goes head to head with number two Alabama … a rematch of their November 5 “Game of the Century” touchdown-less epic battle in which the Tigers travelled to Bryant-Denny Stadium in Alabama and defeated to Crimson Tide 9-6 in OT in front of 101,821 fans.
LSU has stopped everyone in their tracks this year including not only winning on the road against Alabama, they also beat Oregon (Rose Bowl champions), West Virginia (Orange Bowl champions) and the Arkansas Razorbacks (Cotton Bowl champions).
As always, there was talk of who should or shouldn’t be in this game, many claim the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl champions (defeated Stanford and projected number one draft pick Andrew Luck) Oklahoma State were more deserving
The two are mirror images of each other. Both teams come from the same conference, the SEC, and the same division in addition to competing for the same high-school talent (read Gunner Kiel). In their past four meetings, each has walked off the field with two victories … Alabama in OT in 2008 (27-21) and then 24-15 in ’09 before LSU won 23-21 in ’10 and then the 9-6 (November 5) OT triumph.
Both teams are defensive stoppers, simple as that. The Crimson Tide lead all teams in total defense (191.25 ypg) while LSU ranks second in the nation (252.08 ypg). Look at the other stats and you will see what I mean when I talk about the mirror effect.
Alabama is 71st in passing yards, 14th in rushing yards, and 17th in points for (36 ppg) and 1st overall in points against allowing their opponents only 8.8 ppg.
LSU is 105th in passing yards, 17th in rushing yards, 12th in points for racking up 38.5 ppg and 2nd overall in points against (10.5 ppg).
Further, the Tigers and the Tide easily put away number 24 Auburn, number 12 Florida and number 14 Arkansas during the season.
This is why LSU wins.
The Tigers have a superior special teams outfit. They beat Alabama in their own backyard (a game the Tide should’ve won). LSU has continued to improve each and every time it takes to the playing arena. They play in Baton Rouge and in front of a loud, intense and passionate LSU-heavy crowd. What’s more, they have a QB in Jordan Jefferson who in far more comfortable now with his fellow Tigers after being suspended before the season commenced plus they have a Heisman Trophy finalist in CB Tyrann Mathieu.
This is an unprecedented rematch in the BCS game and it is sure to be another Tiger-Crimson Tide thriller.