The No. 1 ranked LSU Tigers will square off against the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide in what will go down as the most epic rematch ever for the 2012 BCS Championship game.
These two SEC powerhouses already played once this season, in what was billed as the game of the century.
Both teams were undefeated and boasted the same rankings as they do now, but neither could enter the end zone in a defensive struggle that eventually led to a 9-6 LSU victory in overtime.
The Tigers went on to run the table on their way to an undefeated record, and Alabama bounced back with three straight wins to finish the year with one loss.
The two powerhouses will meet up one more time this season for the ultimate game, the 2012 BCS championship.
LSU has perfection and college football immortality on the mind, but Alabama's No. 1 ranked defense and Heisman candidate running back, Trent Richardson, feel they have what it takes to get revenge and steal away the national championship from the nations best team.
Where: Allstate BCS National Championship Game. Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
When: Monday Jan. 9 2012. 8:30 p.m. EST
Watch: ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN3D
Listen: ESPN Radio, FM 95.3 WFFN, AM 790 WTSK Tuscaloosa; 98.1 FM Louisiana
Stream: ESPN3.com, LSUSports.net
Betting Line: According to Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post, LSU is opening up as the favorite. -1.5 or -2 depending on the source.
The biggest storyline here is the rematch, as many feel that the first game could have easily gone the other way, and we'd be talking about Alabama as the undefeated team instead of LSU.
If LSU want's to be the undisputed best, they have to prove it one more time against the second best team in the nation, while Alabama can find the ultimate revenge in a win.
Who Might Not Play For Alabama: Wide receiver Darius Hanks day-to-day (ankle), wide receiver Michael Bowman day-to-day (undisclosed).
Who Might Not Play For LSU: Guard Josh Dworaczyk out for season (knee).
BCS/Top 25 Implications:
The implications are rather clear in this game. It's the national championship, winner takes all.
What They're Saying:
According to capstonereport.com, Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson was named the teams MVP at their annual football banquet. Not only is Richardson the best player on the Tide, but many consider him to be the favorite, along with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, to win the Heisman Trophy.
Ben Cook of lindyssports.com chronicles the thoughts surrounding the rematch. Whether it's LSU coach Les Miles showing great respect to the team they beat just a few weeks ago, or Alabama offensive lineman William Vlachos, who wants a rematch.
Alabama Player To Watch:
Trent Richardson will be the featured star of this game, and he will be the key to a Alabama victory.
Richardson put up incredible numbers this season. On 263 attempts he accumulated 1,583 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. He also added 327 yards and three receiving touchdowns.
If Richardson can get going against LSU's tough defense, he will be hard to stop.
LSU Player To Watch:
LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is a star, and he's going to have to shine on college footballs biggest stage.
He racked up 71 tackles, 1.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and two interceptions this season. He was also extremely important on special teams, taking two punts back for touchdowns and totaling 420 return yards.
Mathieu is a play-maker, and he's going to have to make plays against Alabama.
Alabama has the best defense in the nation, giving up an average of only 8.8 points per game.
LSU has showed some weakness moving the ball when under intense defensive pressure this season, so if the Tide can impose their will on defense they may have a chance, especially if their offense can put up points.
On The Hot Seat:
Everybody is on the hot seat in a game of this magnitude. The bright lights are on and the pressure will be high.
I believe Alabama has the better play-makers on offense, especially Richardson at running back, and they should be able to make one more play to put them over the top in a great rematch.
Alabama: 16 LSU: 10