The 13-0 LSU Tigers meet the 11-1 Alabama Crimson Tide in New Orleans on Jan. 9, 2012 in the BCS National Championship Game, for better or for worse.
The system of choosing the Top 2 teams in the country has been a hot topic for a long time now, and this game all but pokes the fire even higher.
Whether or not you agree, the way the BCS championship has been decided in recent years has been buried in controversy and questions.
The SEC is already the most dominant conference in college football and has won seven of 13 BCS national championships since its inception in 1998. After this season, it will have won eight of 14, as LSU and Alabama are both SEC powerhouses.
Which brings us to where we are now—a rematch between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country.
LSU and Alabama faced off on Nov. 5 in a highly anticipated matchup as No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, entering the game as 8-0 teams.
What transpired was what should have been expected. Instead of getting flash, which most people would have wanted in such a matchup, we experienced serious thunder as two of the best defenses clashed.
In a game that was devoid of a single touchdown, it was the defensive minds and a late-OT game-winning kick that took center stage.
This time around, both teams are looking to show off a little more firepower. Unfortunately, this game may have already been decided.
It seemed that the popular choice for LSU's opponent in the title game was Oklahoma State after their 44-10 drubbing of in-state rival Oklahoma, but they couldn't shake the stink of an OT loss to lowly Iowa State the week before.
Of course, a game between a Top 5 defense and a Top 5 offense would have brought a ton of excitement. However, we're left with a rematch for the ages.
Like it or not, LSU and Alabama are chomping at the bit to get at one another again to prove, once and for all, who is the best team in the country.
Trent Richardson, the country's most explosive halfback and likely a Top 5 draft pick in April, posted a whopping 505 yards in the three games following the matchup against LSU, where he was held to 89. That shouldn't happen twice.
As No. 1 LSU prepares for No. 2 Alabama, the country prepares for a neutral-field showdown against the Top 2 defenses once more, whether they want it or not.
Watching "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu and his fellow LSU defense play against high-flying Justin Blackmon and the spread-offense of OSU would have been one for the record books, but this game will have its own share of headlines.
Regardless of the final score, the ratings will be high, and the high-energy crowd in the Superdome will be rowdy and ready to go. The hype for the BCS National Championship Game is at an all-time high, and expect it to live up to that and more.
As two defensive titans meet on the gridiron for the second time, expect some fireworks, expect some drama, and expect one team to prove that they stand alone as the best college football team in the country.
Without predicting too much, I see Richardson having an exceptional night and the Alabama Crimson Tide handing the Tigers their first loss on the biggest of stages. The boys in red will be the last ones standing when the final whistle blows on the 2011 season.
Prediction - Alabama 21 LSU 19