Saturday afternoon the Associated Press No.1 & No.2 ranked teams, LSU and Alabama, meet in Tuscaloosa for the much hyped and anticipated SEC West showdown. Coincidentally, the last time the AP top two team met in regular season play........was LSU and Alabama in 2011. It was the two of the best defenses in the nation that battled to a final 9-6 score in overtime. Those were the days of the ground-and-pound run game, bubble screens and end arounds.
That was then. Now, the two undefeated will meet with powerful offenses averaging over 500 yards a game. Both are Quarterbacked by Heisman Trophy Candidates that dominate all the CFB passing game categories, save one, and who routinely shred opposing defenses with ease. Both possess elite receivers. Both possess elite pass defenders. They both possess runners who can break open a big play. You need not be much of a football expert to deduce what kind of game this could be to watch. Hell, the President is even flying in to see this one in person!
Needless to say, a lot is riding on this game. A win all but secures the opportunity for the victor to go to Atlanta and kick around the Dawgs of Leghumper U. in the SEC Championship Game, and secure a CFB playoff berth. But also riding on the game is an all-you-can-eat spicy Popeye's Chicken bet between our much beloved Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy and Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby. But more importantly, there's the traditional friendly bet on the game between Moi and my SEC Sister and Alabama booster, Curmudgeon of Political Clown Parade, which results in a healthy contribution given to one of our favorite Charities, The Shriners Hospital For Children. (and be sure and check out Curmudgeon's always excellent game post).
The hype and build up to the game all this week has been over the top and impossible to listen to. The game has been dissected, X and O'd and predicted to death by the expert sports monkeys in their accentuated bloviating verbosity. It's now time to get to it. Defeating the Crimson Tide has been the insurmountable achievement for the LSU Tigers for the last seven seasons. Coach O' has built the team he promised, and now the chance presents itself to prove the naysayers wrong once and for all by showing that he WAS the right man for the job. I for one have no doubt.
The saying goes "The road to the SEC Championship goes through Tuscaloosa."
SO BE IT!