Alabama opened it's 2011 season as No. 2 in most polls against a struggling MAC team, Kent State.
Meanwhile, LSU opened it's season ranked No. 4 in most polls against the No. 3 ranked Oregon Ducks of the PAC-12 in the Cowboy Shootout in Arlington, Texas. This game was hyped all summer as a top 5 matchup with the winner having a leg up on playing in the BCS title game.
To make this game even bigger, it was LSU's strong defense challenging the No. 1 offense in all of college football.
As a result, LSU won this game convincingly and held Oregon's powerful offense to 343 yards. The boost from the national media that LSU received was immeasurable. In the following weeks, LSU was able to leap over No. 2 ranked Alabama and eventually over No. 1 Oklahoma.
Alabama and LSU have both separated themselves from all other teams, becoming all but equals in the eyes of the BCS and the AP pollsters.
The The winner of this matchup on November 5th in Tuscaloosa, will most likely be one of the participants in the BCS national title game.
There is very little that separates these two titans of the SEC. Picking a winner will be very difficult since they are basically mirror images of each other in offensive and defensive styles of play.
Neither team has had a close game yet and both teams tout strong defenses with a based running game on offense.
However, LSU has probably its most balanced and talented team in recent years. I have submitted five reasons why I believe No. 1 LSU should be the favorite to win this game.