Alabama vs. LSU Game Time: Prime-Time Matchup Is Showcase of Future Draft Picks

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 05:  Ron Brooks #13 of the LSU Tigers against Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The 2012 BCS National Championship Game is supposed to be a matchup of the two best teams in the whole nation. There has been talk that Monday’s matchup between the LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide starting at 8:30 p.m. ET is not what the fans want.

To the people that say they don’t want to see LSU take on Alabama at the Superdome in New Orleans, I say you must not watch much football. Not only is this the kind of rematch that Americans love to get behind, this is the showcase of talent that NFL scouts dream of.

With more than 23 players graded as draft worthy by ESPN draft expert Todd McShay, the analyst told The Advocate of Baton Rouge, La. that this college football game has become an extension of the draft combine.

Don’t correct your monitors, folks, you saw that right. Twenty-three players that will be on the rosters Monday would be drafted this season if they all were entering the draft, but that is very unlikely.

This game is also a chance for those unfamiliar with the prospects that will be coming out of college this season to examine which stars their teams are trying to get. Further proof of all the talent is that Morris Claiborne of LSU and Dre Kirkpatrick, Trent Richardson, Courtney Upshaw and Mark Barron of Alabama are all considered top 20 picks in the 2012 draft.

That’s impressive.

While there is no doubt this is the ultimate showcase of NFL-ready talent that will have even the casual college football fans interested, the rest of the teams at the most elite level have to be fuming as they watch future undecided prospects eat up LSU vs. Alabama and strive to reach their hallowed halls.

There will be only one official winner when all is said and done tonight, but both programs will benefit from this game when it comes to national exposure and more leverage when recruiting.

As good as it will be for the loser to say it played in the BCS title game, imagine being the winning coach when you walk into a recruit’s home. It’s probably much easier to get kids on board when your hand is covered in championship gold.


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