LSU vs Alabama Rematch: Did Hype Lead to Surplus of All-American Votes?

Randy ChambersAnalyst IDecember 15, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Drake Nevis #92 of the Louisiana State University Tigers in action during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide  at Tiger Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Alabama and LSU have received majority of the attention this season. The hype was there for their game in November, as it was named 'The Game of the Century' and of course they are in the national championship this year.

Many fans don't agree with the rematch as two teams from the same conference in a bowl game just sounds ridiculous. But there are very few teams out there that have a solid case for why they should have replaced either one of these teams.

The college football All-American team was released recently and if the rematch made you sick, the first team wouldn't make things any better.

There weren't many players on offense on either one of these teams. Just Trent Richardson and offensive lineman Barrett Jones. Really nobody can argue with Richardson as he is one of the top backs in the country and Barrett Jones is a solid offensive lineman.

But when you get to the defensive side of the ball, there are a total of six players that either play for Alabama or LSU. That means only five players on defense play for one of the other 118 division I schools.

Did the hype these teams receive all year have anything to do with the voting?

Of course it did. When two teams receive more attention than any other, you get to know those teams and players a lot better than anyone else. It's hard to notice other players accomplishments when only a couple of teams are being jammed down your throat.

But with that said, these players do deserve the credit.

Can anyone really argue that Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne aren't the top two corners in the country? They make play after play and are a huge reason for the Tigers success on defense.

Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw had 8.5 sacks this year and will be a highly selected pick in next years NFL draft. Dre Kirkpatrick is a shutdown cornerback that rarely gets the ball thrown to him and when the receiver does catch it, he wishes he didn't.

Defensive back Mark Barron is second on the team in tackles and has two interceptions. He is one of the top safeties in the country and will be another player taken early in the NFL draft.

You could make an argument that there are better players than some that are on this list. But none of those players are slouches and they all will be playing on Sundays at one point.

Both LSU and Alabama's defense are top three in the country in scoring defense, rushing defense and total defense. They are both top 10 in passing defense.

There may have been other players that deserve some credit as well, but when you factor everything in, including team success, the voters may have gotten it right.

These defenses may just be that good.

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