Whether you like it or not, it's going to happen: LSU and Alabama will play for the second time this season on January 9th in the BCS Championship Game in New Orleans. Neither team scored a touchdown in the first meeting, a 9-6 overtime win for the Tigers.
There should be some fantastic matchups in BCS bowls this year. Andrew Luck will face either Landry Jones or Brandon Weeden, West Virginia and Virginia Tech are likely to resume their unfriendly rivalry, and Wisconsin's power-running game against Oregon's speed-running game presents an appealing contrast of styles.
LSU and Alabama won't be one of them. Here are four reasons why the BCS Championship Game will be the worst of this year's BCS bowl lineup.
While college football may have its best collection of quarterbacks in recent times, none of them reside in the SEC. Neither Alabama's A.J. McCarron nor LSU's duo of Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee were able to consistently move the football against the other's defense.
Both units are playing their best football of the season right now, so we could be facing another game without a touchdown scored. Many quarterbacks would struggle against these two defenses, but it's a shame we won't find out what one of the many great signal-callers could do against these defenses.
One of the best things about bowl season is seeing intersection foes face off. The games determine bragging rights among different regions of the country who believe they play the best brand of football.
For those in the Midwest or on the West Coast, Alabama and LSU are one in the same—Southern powers they love to root against. The infamous "S-E-C" chant just won't sound the same when the losing team is also from the conference.
When the two best defenses in the country do battle, you're going to get a low-scoring game. That's what happened in November in Tuscaloosa, and that's what will happen in January in New Orleans.
This is not to say defensive struggles cannot be entertaining football. The first meeting was captivating in its own unique way. At least in November though, it seemed possible that the offenses could move the ball at times. After 60 minutes of football, we know these offenses won't be able to crack each other's defense.
If Alabama wins the game, they'll simply have tied the score with LSU at 1-1 after the Tigers' win at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Does a win in New Orleans really make Alabama the true national champion?
LSU will have the stronger resume as the SEC champion, including a win in Alabama's stadium. There would be a strong chance of a split national title if Alabama wins a close game. What was the point of playing four months of football if we can't decide on a champion?