BCS Rankings Week 9: Why Alabama Should Be No. 1 in Country
When the new BCS rankings are released later today, LSU will still be ranked No. 1 in the country.
If we truly had the best team at No. 1, that team would be the Alabama Crimson Tide. More proof that the BCS is a joke, but I'll leave that for another article.
Luckily for us, this game will serve as a playoff game. It will certainly eliminate the loser from championship contention, barring several upsets in the coming weeks.
At this point, it doesn't matter because LSU has to play Alabama on the road Nov. 5. I don't see any way Alabama drops this game at home with so much on the line. They are much too talented and experienced to allow that to happen.
When Alabama wins this game, they will be on top of the BCS rankings without question, a spot they have earned.
There are several reasons I feel this way, I will give you a few of the main reasons in the following slideshow.
The Crimson Tide have a ferocious defense, by far the best in the country.
Allowing only 6.9 points a game, you are lucky to score a touchdown against them!
They have great team speed and a host of athletes, good luck getting outside. The scary thing is, they are so stout in the middle you can't run very effectively there either.
The secondary is as good as it gets too, pro prospects are throughout the defense as a whole.
Senior defensive back is a monster, leading the team in tackles with 75.
He also has two sacks and three interceptions, making plays all over the field.
Junior defensive back Robert Lester is right there with him in the talent category! He leads the team in interceptions with eight, returning them for a total of 102 yards.
Everybody on the defense contributes, whether at the top of the stats sheet or not.
I'm sure most of them came to Alabama to contribute to a championship caliber team even though they may not get the playing time they would have with other schools recruiting them.
That speaks to the character of the players they recruit and is what makes Alabama so successful. Personal accolades are pushed aside in exchange for wins.
There is no "I" in team.
Strength of Schedule
Alabama has as tough a schedule as you can get.
They have already dominated three opponents ranked in the Top 25: Penn State, Arkansas and Florida.
No. 1 LSU is next, and then the Crimson Tide close the season with Auburn.
LSU plays the same tough schedule, and have already beaten a tough Oregon Ducks team.
Whoever comes out with a win in two weeks is head and shoulders above all other teams.
I see Alabama winning by a couple of touchdowns, leaving no doubt.
The LSU offensive line is good, but not nearly good enough to keep Alabama's defense at bay. I expect to see senior quarterback Jarret Lee forced to throw the ball if LSU expects to keep the game close.
He certainly takes care of the football as he only has one interception so far this season.
Pressure changes everything however, and if Lee doesn't have at least one turnover, I will be surprised.
Led by running back Trent Richardson, the Alabama offense will pound anyone.
Richardson has 989 yards on 149 carries, an average of 6.6 yards a carry. The Heisman hopeful already has 17touchdowns!
The scary thing is, he's only a junior. If he chose to come back to school there's no telling what kind of stats he could finish his career with.
Sophomore quarterback AJ McCsrron isn't a star yet, but he is good enough to keep defenses honest.
He has completed 134-of-200 passes for 1,664 yards, which is a 67 percent completion percentage. He has 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Alabama rushes, passes, and scores more on average than LSU has so far this season.
They run for nearly 230 yards a game, 15th in the country. LSU runs for 189 yards a game, good enough for 29th in the country.
Alabama out-passes LSU pretty handily as well, over 40 more yards a game on average.
As you can see, they are a better team statistically and are more polished on the field.
Both teams take care of the ball but Alabama has the edge overall.
History Doesn't Lie Between These Rivals
Starting in 1985, this is one of the most storied rivalries in all of sports.
both teams have competed in the Southeastern Conference since 1932. Also,both have have competed in the SEC's Western Division since the conference was split into two divisions in 1992.
Alabama leads the series between these teams 45–24–5.
The game draws enormous crowds as well, and it's a home game for the Crimson Tide. This will provide a huge spark and gives another advantage to Alabama.
Each year is different, but Alabama leads this series by a good margin.
They also hold the longest winning streak in the series, winning 11 in a row from 1971–1981.
I look for them to start a new streak when the teams meet on November 5th.