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It all comes down to this. The real National Championship. The clash between the two best teams in college football. This game will determine who will represent the SEC in the inevitable national title contest, and who will have to settle for torching an inferior team in one of the other BCS bowls.
On its surface, this has the looks of a game that should be won by a score of 3-2. Both squads have no real discernible weaknesses. Both rely on fast, suffocating defenses with future NFL players. LSU employs a solid mix of run and pass, led by senior QB Jarrett Lee, who appears to have found his accuracy this year. Alabama leans on a strong running game led by Heisman candidate Trent Richardson and underrated backup Eddie Lacy.
However, as experts and fans know, these tend not to be the games that wind up with a 3-2 score. Last year in Baton Rouge, LSU’s anemic offense came to life in the fourth quarter against a usually stout Alabama secondary, en route to a 24-21 Tiger victory.
What Will Happen
Expect the unexpected. Look for the offenses, who will be tired of hearing about the great defenses, to come out with a bang. Both teams will settle in by the middle of the second quarter, turning the match into a game of field position. Look for a punt return TD by Marquis Maze to give the Tide the advantage.
Alabama 28 LSU 24