When the college football season ended and the top two teams were announced, there were mixed reactions from fans across the nation.
No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama are set to face off in New Orleans on Monday, January 9th in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.
Two teams from the same conference and same division will face off in a rematch to determine the best team in the country.
That didn't sit well with many fans.
The LSU Tigers were clearly going to be in the game. They finished the season with a 13-0 record, including a 9-6 overtime victory over Alabama in early November.
There were rumblings that Oklahoma State or Stanford deserved the No. 2 ranking. In hindsight, it's safe to say Oklahoma State would be the more deserving of those two teams.
Alabama will have a chance to put those questions to rest if they can pull off the win on Monday.
They certainly have the tools to do that.
In fact, one could even go as far as to say they should be the undefeated team in this matchup, not LSU.
The Tigers may have won the initial meeting between these two teams by a field goal in overtime, but they didn't look like the better team during the game.
Alabama moved the ball more consistently and played better defense.
If it wasn't for missed field goals and a miracle interception by Eric Reid, Alabama would be the top ranked team in the country right now.
They have the superior defense. They have the superior offense.
We'll give LSU the edge in special teams.
The Crimson Tide have the opportunity to do something special this season. They are being given another chance.
They aren't going to waste it.
The defense is going to be phenomenal yet again. They held the Tigers to under 100 passing yards and two interceptions in their first meeting. They also held LSU to an average of just 3.6 yards per carry on the ground.
This time around, I would expect some more production from the offense.
It won't be a blowout, but it'll be convincing.
Alabama will prove they really did deserve the No. 2 rank in the country and a rematch to show they really are the best college football has to offer.