Alabama vs LSU: Game Location Will Impact National Championship Matchup

Jeremy HillmanContributor IJanuary 8, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 08:  Grounds crew workers paint the Allstate BCS Championship logo on the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 8, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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Monday night, Alabama will clash with LSU for the national championship.

With such a long break between the end of the season and the title game, there has been plenty of time for fans and prognosticators to analyze and break down this matchup.

The one element of the game that may not be getting enough attention, although it has been mentioned by many, is the location of the game.

The regular-season matchup was held in Tuscaloosa and was a home game for Alabama.

The fact that LSU was able to win that game is quite impressive when you consider just how strong Bama is at home.

Over the past four seasons, Alabama is 26-2 at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

One of the loses was by one point to eventual national champion Auburn last season, and one was to LSU this season.

With capacity crowds of over 101,000 making noise at Tide home games, there's a clear home-field advantage in Tuscaloosa.

LSU was able to overcome the home crowd and escape Bryant Denny with a huge victory.


Now the two teams are set to meet again, and this time it's for all the marbles.

The biggest difference? The location.

This time, the game will be in Louisiana in the New Orleans Superdome.

In their home state, with what should be a slightly LSU-slanted crowd, the Tigers won't have to overcome the obstacles that the crowd in Tuscaloosa brought.

LSU has proven they're comfortable playing big bowl games in their home state, specifically in the Superdome.

The Tigers have won four straight BCS games in the dome, including earning two previous national championships since 2003.

In contrast, Alabama has won just one of their last three games in the Superdome.

The Tide lost to Utah in New Orleans in 2008 and lost to Miami back in 1990.

It seems that Alabama's best shot to beat LSU was at home earlier this year. However, LSU avoided that outcome and welcomes Alabama down to the "Pelican State" for a rematch.

Bottom line is that this should be a very close game between two dominant defenses and two capable offenses.

Just don't be surprised if the team that was able to win in Tuscaloosa, wins again in New Orleans. After all, it's all about...

Location. Location. Location.