LSU vs Alabama: How History Will Lead Tigers to Victory

T.J. McaloonCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2017

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15:  Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers celebrates their 38-7 win over Tennessee Volunteers with his team at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Alabama and LSU is swimming in history like Scrooge McDuck swimming in gold coins in the opening scene of the old cartoon, Duck Tails. If we wanted to, we could go back into all of the great games and point out why LSU or Alabama will triumph over the other team on Saturday.

However, there is one glaring fact that sticks out that will push the Tigers over the Crimson Tide come Saturday.

The fact that every National Championship that LSU has won, the game has been played in New Orleans, where this year’s National Championship game is. 

Let’s go one step further. In LSU’s three National Championships (’58, ’03 and ’07), not only did LSU win their game against Alabama, but the games were played in Alabama. 

In each of those games, LSU was the higher ranked team compared to Alabama. As in ’58, LSU was ranked No. 15; Alabama was not ranked. In ’03, LSU was No. 4; Alabama was not ranked. In ’07, LSU was No. 3, and Alabama was No. 17. 

However, don’t go asking the LSU players about history and what it means to them. 

When asked about the Hall of Fame coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery was not sure who he was,

"I don't know anything about Bear Bryant," Montgomery said. "I really haven't looked at film that much."

Montgomery, a sophomore from Greenwood, S.C., was thinking that Bryant was a current Alabama player. When told he was a former coach, Montgomery said, "Oh, a coach. I have no idea. I wouldn't know anything about that. Too way back for me. I thought Bear Bryant was a player. I didn't know what was going on. That was a curve ball question."

Now, Montgomery did not mean to make it sound like he was trying to make some bulletin board material for the Crimson Tide to use for extra motivation in their game on Saturday night. But, one thing that Montgomery and this LSU team are trying to do is join those championship teams in making their own history. 

Alabama does own the series lead over LSU at 45-24-5, with their biggest win coming in 1922, when Alabama rolled over LSU 47-3. But, in the past 10 years, it has been all LSU, as the Tigers have won the last seven of 10 contests. 

Just remember those points that were made above when putting a bet, prediction or tweet/Facebook post as to why LSU will win on Saturday. Because as much as Alabama fans will argue that their team is better, they cannot fight facts. 

Fact is, LSU has too much history on their side to lose on Saturday night. 

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