If Alabama makes one less blunder on special teams, perhaps one less penalty, the rankings are flip-flopped in this matchup.
That may only impact the psyches of the players, as it wouldn't have changed the pairings, but is fuel for one hell of a pre-game speech from Nick Saban.
The Tide has to realize they outplayed the Tigers for much of the first matchup. If Cade Foster converts one of his botched field-goal attempts, 'Bama wins.
LSU knows it as well. They are a proud team that knows they didn't soundly beat 'Bama.
They will do everything they can to take control of this game, but can they? Trent Richardson was on his way to a MVP-like performance. If he duplicates that in the title game, the Tide will be victorious.
How Will Cade Foster factor in the final result?
The Alabama offensive line is so good, I don't think LSU can prevent them from having success on the ground. Richardson had 89 yards on 23 carries. This was by far, the best offensive performance from any player in that game.
Alabama will not bring any trickery. They will ride Richardson again. They realize they don't need to change much offensively. They missed four field goals, but conversion on half of those misses results in a victory.
Nick Saban will convey to his team that there should be a cause for optimism and that the national title belongs to them.
Cade Foster isn't likely an NFL prospect, but as long as he is just a little bit better than he was in the first game, Alabama will be national champions.