In some ways, it was a classic. In other ways, it wasn't. LSU's 9-6 overtime win over Alabama did nothing to dispute the overwhelming sentiment that the Tigers and Crimson Tide are the two best teams in the country. Conversely, the game had untimely penalties, sloppy special teams play and two very average quarterbacks.
With two weeks leading up to the game, the tussle in Tuscaloosa received levels of coverage and analysis normally reserved only for national championship games. As a whole, the game played out the way we hoped and thought it would. Here are five reasons why LSU-Alabama lived up to its unprecedented hype.