LSU Can Learn from Past SEC Championship Teams

Will PuenteContributor IIIJanuary 12, 2012

Familar faces like these were seen from both Alabama and Florida's 2008 teams
Familar faces like these were seen from both Alabama and Florida's 2008 teamsChris Graythen/Getty Images

LSU fans are looking around for some signs of good news. They seem rare during these past days.

They have read about the potential quarterback replacements for Jordan Jefferson, and the possibilities for new coaching staffs. There is also talk of an easier schedule with more promising results.

If you need a sign to feel better about, look at the 2008 Alabama team. A squad that gave the Bama nation their first glimpse of an undefeated regular season in the BCS era. Bama began with Clemson and a powerful first game, and then through big victories over Arkansas, LSU and Auburn.

Pre-season Ranked No. 5 Florida also rolled through their schedule. Only until Ole Miss pulled a huge upset in Gainesville 31-30. This phrase that will sound familiar to you today, seemed over-optimistic than "The promise."

"To the fans and everybody in Gator Nation, I’m sorry. I’m extremely sorry. We were hoping for an undefeated season. That was my goal, something Florida has never done here. I promise you one thing, a lot of good will come out of this. You will never see any player in the entire country play as hard as I will play the rest of the season. You will never see someone push the rest of the team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of the season. You will never see a team play harder than we will the rest of the season. God bless.”

The SEC Championship game in 2008 featured Alabama as an undefeated team ready to close the deal, and Florida who had a hole in their hearts to fill in. Alabama had experienced everything in that 2008 season, but the feeling of losing like Florida had done earlier. I remember looking around the sports websites for a sign of good news after that loss. They were hard to come by at that moment, just as it is now for LSU fans. But Alabama knew that feeling very well, and it was carried to the next year with the game against an undefeated Florida team in the SEC Championship. Our promise wasn't as vocal as Tebow's, but it was well fulfilled with a 2009 National Championship.

LSU will return better talent than that 2008 Alabama team had at the time. But I can honestly say that the fall is a lot bigger for the LSU Tigers this year. It was a bigger stage with much more at stake. However, think about the atmosphere at Tiger Stadium next November against the Crimson Tide. Take this from an Alabama alumnus, it'll be a scary scene. An improved Bengal team with their own promise to fulfill.