The Alabama Crimson Tide have heard about the LSU Tigers for the last two months. Even before they were slated to face them in the BCS Championship Game, the media kept hounding them with questions about whether or not they deserved a rematch. They will answer that question with a resounding victory on Monday night.
The Crimson Tide did everything they possibly could to win the first matchup with LSU, but four missed field goals ended up doing them in.
As Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated wrote, kickers Cade Foster and Jeremy Shelly have been given the rarest of all things in sports: a shot at redemption.
Thanks to the Crimson Tide's rise back to No. 2 and the rematch it's afforded them Monday night against the Tigers, there's a possibility Foster or Shelly could get the opportunity to not only redeem himself but earn his team an even bigger victory. You can bet a whole bunch of similarly unfortunate kickers around the country will be rooting for them.
But as sweet as redemption would be for Foster and Shelly, the Crimson Tide are not going to have to worry about them in this game.
They have the magic elixir to conquer the Tigers' vaunted defense: Trent Richardson. The electric running back had arguably his most impressive performance of the season against LSU. He racked up 169 total yards—80 rushing, 89 receiving—and there is no reason to think he won't be able to do it again.
Even though Richardson has been the only player on Alabama's offense that opposing teams line up to stop, he still had 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns this year. Nothing phases him.
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LSU knows that it will have to do a better job of containing No. 3 in order to win this game. But saying you have to do something is one thing; actually doing it is another.
Nick Saban makes adjustments as well as any coach in college football, so he will learn from his mistakes in that first game and turn them into positives.
The Crimson Tide are better than LSU. They proved that the first time they played them, but four botched field goals cost them the game.
Nothing is going to stand in their way this time around, and the Crimson Tide will claim their second BCS title in three years.