LSU vs. Alabama: 5 Things We'll Remember About the SEC's Game of the Century
'Instant classic' is an appropriate phrase for what college football fans witnessed Saturday night, as No. 1 LSU held off No. 2 Alabama in overtime to remain undefeated.
The defensive struggle between two strong and tough teams is what football is all about.
With both teams coming off of bye weeks, this was a game that received hype for the whole two weeks, and it didn't disappoint.
Arguably the two best teams in college football played evenly for 60 minutes, and needed overtime to determine a winner.
Each defense was so strong that neither team could find the end zone, making every play of the game meaningful and leaving fans on the edge of their seats.
100,000 people had tickets to this game, but millions will claim they were there to watch this instant classic unfold.
Here are five things we will remember about this clash in Tuscaloosa...
5. Lowest Scoring No. 1 vs. No. 2 Matchup Since 1946
defense was on display Saturday night
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Not since the days that Army and Notre Dame dominated the college football world has a game featuring the nation's top two teams scored fewer points than this one.
Army and Notre Dame battled to a scoreless tie in 1946 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Field goals were the story of this game, as its final score was 9-6 in overtime.
The game failed to produce a touchdown.
4. These Two Defenses Are Chock-Full of NFL-Calibre Talent
Hearing the undersized label his whole life, Tyrann Mathieu is playing his way to being a pro propect, though just a sophmore.
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It's no wonder the between Alabama and LSU, the wide receivers couldn't get anything going.
It is nearly impossible for opposing offenses to throw the ball against the LSU secondary, which features cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu. Eric Reed could find himself playing on Sundays as well.
Not to be outdone, Alabama's cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is a pro prospect, and safety Mark Barron has the size and speed to make him the kind of tackler that NFL teams want on their roster at the safety position.
Alabama's Courtney Upshaw is a top linebacker prospect.
Along the D-lines, both teams have the NFL size and skill that made this game a treat to watch for fans of defense.
3. The "Game of the Century" Lived Up to the Hype
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OK, maybe it wasn't the game of the century, but this was a great college football game.
Wrought with mistakes and missed field goals, it also featured two top teams slugging it out in a game that was undecided from the opening kickoff until LSU's Drew Alleman knocked a 25-yard field goal through the uprights in overtime to win it for the Tigers.
2. The Concept of "Field Position" Isn't Dead Yet!
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In the era of spread offenses, triple options, wildcats and teams heaving the ball upwards of 60 times a game, field position has kind of gone by the wayside in college football.
I bet if you asked offensive-minded coaches like Dana Holgorsen of WVU or OSU's Mike Gundy (pictured), "Would you rather be on offense or defense with the ball on the 1-yard line?", they'd take the ball and look at 99 yards as a chance to pad the stats.
This game, however, was like an old-school NFC-Central battle, where the punting and kicking game took center stage.
The game even featured a 73-yard punt by LSU's Brad Wing, the third-longest punt in the team's football history.
1. There Is Nothing Louder Than the Silence of 100,000 Fans
LSU Wins it in Overtime, stunning the Crimson faithful
It was stunning how quiet a crowd of 100,000 people can be.
When Drew Alleman's field goal sailed through the uprights, the Crimson Tide fans went silent enough for the cheers of the LSU faithful who were able to get in the building to be heard.
Seeing the stunned faces of the Alabama fans as the Tigers' band clearly plays LSU's fight song loudly is the indelible image and sound that will be most remembered from this epic game.