For the second time this year, the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide are going to square off, and this time, it is going to be for all of the marbles. These two will clash in the BCS National Championship Game on January 9th for the title.
Alabama was clearly one of the best teams in the country this year, as its only loss came against the Bayou Bengals. This was a team that had an offense that was a heck of a lot better than it was figured to be thanks to the play of RB Trent Richardson. Richardson was every bit as good as RB Mark Ingram was two years ago when he won the Heisman Trophy. He rumbled for 1,583 yards and had 20 TDs on the ground. WR Marquis Maze is one of the most talented receivers in the game, though you wouldn’t know it by his numbers. Maze had 627 yards on 56 receptions, and he only found the end zone once, but he has the potential to break this game wide open if he is given the chance. RB Eddie Lacy didn’t do much the first time these two teams squared off, but he rushed for 631 yards on just 84 carries, and he more or less has taken over the role as the change of pace back that Richardson had when Ingram was the featured back in the backfield. Watch the kicking game in this one, as missed field goals from all sorts of ranges really cost the Crimson Tide when these two met in November.
Considering the fact that LSU already beat the Crimson Tide in their house, it has to have the argument to be the co-National Champion even if it loses this game. Remember that the Tigers already have wins against the West Virginia Mountaineers on the road, the Oregon Ducks on a neutral field, and the Arkansas Razorbacks at home, giving them four wins against teams that were ranked in the Top 3 in the country when they squared off, and that doesn’t even include a Georgia Bulldogs team that had won 10 straight games that they downed in the SEC Championship Game. The argument could be made that a win in this game makes LSU the best team in the history of college football at 14-0. This team spreads the ball around offensively, especially on the ground, where RBs Michael Ford, Spencer Ware, Alfred Blue, and Kenny Hilliard all have top notch capability. None will carry the ball more than a dozen times in this game in all likelihood, but all of them could rip off huge gains, even against this stout Alabama defense.
BCS National Championship Keys To The Game: The first time around, these two teams were engaged in a ridiculous defensive showdown. There weren’t any touchdowns scored, just seven field goals, and there were several other kicks that were missed by the Crimson Tide. The team that finds the end zone in this game is likely to be the one that prevails, as once again, we really don’t see all that much in terms of scoring. QB Jordan Jefferson and QB AJ McCarron have to take good care of the football, as turnovers will be crucial. As always, the punting game will be key as well, as LSU really does a great job in this facet of the game with P Brad Wing and return man Tyrann Mathieu, who ended up being a Heisman Trophy finalist.
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