Alabama vs. LSU: The SEC Game of the Year Is so Close Yet so Far Away

Damon YoungCorrespondent IIOctober 24, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers is congratulated by Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Tiger Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 24-21.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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It must be July.

I know it isn’t, but it sure does feel like it.

You know that aching we as college football endure as the long dull summer is soon to be full of life again?

Yeah, I have it.

I have it because like everyone else these next two weeks can’t go by fast enough.

Ever since the calendar turned from September to October everyone in the world of college football began pointing at November 5.

We never thought it would get here, but even though it is finally the next game it still feels an eternity away.

I can’t remember when a game of this magnitude landed on the regular season schedule for Alabama.

Was it 2008 against Georgia? Not quite.

Maybe it was The 2010 Iron Bowl? Only Auburn had national title hopes.

No, this game against LSU is something special.

Both teams appear to be hungry. Both teams have stabilized their quarterback position while enjoying ravenous defenses and bruising ground games.

The separation between Alabama and LSU in the BCS poll is so tiny and complex it could probably fuel the sequel to “Good Will Hunting.”

The oddness of it is only amplified by the fact that there will still be so much football left for both teams following college football’s latest version of Armageddon.

Alabama will still have tough road trips against Mississippi State and of course the Iron Bowl on the plains, not to mention a potential date in Atlanta with an SEC East winner who will have nothing to lose and a dream season to ruin.

LSU has a home date with Arkansas. A game that in 2007 everyone thought derailed their national title aspirations.

There are some out there that believe the loser of the November 5 collision still will have an outside chance at a re-match with the winner of the contest in the BCS title game.

I find that extremely hard to believe as in years past voters have appeared to be against a re-match. Did you really want to see Michigan and Ohio State face off a second time in 2006? If you did, just ask Florida what they think of that, since that is when the SEC began their five straight national title streak.

This game will have a lot to say about who might bring home number six.

Can Nick Saban re-ignite Alabama’s grasp on the SEC West?

Will Les Miles prove to be more genius than crazy person is?

Yes, Alabama vs. LSU is finally here, but then why does it feel so very far away?