LSU vs. Alabama: Which Program Will Be Favored in 2012 Rematch?
The game of the century just went down into history in Week 10 when the LSU Tigers triumphed over the Alabama Crimson Tide in Bryant Denny Stadium by a 9-6 score. It was a game in which no touchdowns of any kind were scored. Instead, the game was put on the backs of one of the most scrutinized positions in football: the kickers. LSU kicker Drew Alleman passed the test, while Alabama kicker Cade Foster fell short of the mark.
Now, despite Alabama's one loss, there are talks of a possible rematch between these two SEC powers on college football's biggest stage: the BCS National Championship. And as we have yet to install a proper playoff system, it's down to the BCS computer to decide who faces LSU in the national championship.
One has to wonder, if these teams were destined to play for the national championship, who would be favored in this next rematch?
One has to think LSU would be favored.
They not only won, but they beat Alabama in their own stadium. Their head coach Les Miles has a phenomenal record, and he knows how to win at night. They have a well-coached football team, especially on their defense in the secondary, which also holds NFL-caliber talent in its midst. They also proved to have superior special teams play, which came back to bite Alabama late in the game. And they had better quarterback performance from quarterback Jordan Jefferson, who replaced a struggling Jarrett Lee—who had trouble against the pass rush—who better negotiated the pass rush with his superior mobility and added an extra element to LSU's offense.
But, at the same time, Nick Saban has a well coached Alabama team. He has one of the stoutest run defenses in the nation, one of the biggest and strongest front sevens in all of college football and he would be sure to adjust the game plan offensively for what the Crimson Tide would do in a rematch. Namely, that is put the ball in Trent Richardson's hands and not put all of it into his quarterback, who hasn't shown the leadership or performance to push the Crimson Tide offense past a ball-hawking LSU secondary, which proved to be a difference-maker for Alabams's six points.
Both would make sure that special teams does not become the make-or-break element in a rematch and would try to put the ball in the end zone at least once in the game. And for Saban's case, he would want want to put the game on the back of his kicker, who managed to miss three field goals in this game. Things would definitely be different between these two SEC powers in a rematch.
What do you think? Who would be favored to win on college football's biggest stage?
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