LSU and Alabama face off for the second time this season, but this, time the game will be played for the national championship. The Tigers won the first game 9-6 in overtime, but the game was played in Tuscaloosa, which makes the win that much more impressive.
The national championship this year is going to be in New Orleans in the Superdome. That is a huge problem for the Tide.
Their fans are known as one of the most loyal groups in the country, and they will travel anywhere to see their team play. That said, this game is being played on a Monday and is at least a four-hour drive from Tuscaloosa.
LSU is in Baton Rouge, which is an incredibly short hour-and-a-half away.
The stadium will more than likely have more fans in purple and gold than crimson and white. The Tigers weren’t phased by a raucous 110,000 fans in the first game, a game that was a de facto national championship, in Tuscaloosa, but Alabama had its issues playing away from home last season. The team lost two of its three games in true road games, and the other loss was to the eventual national champions.
The Tide will face a poised and disciplined LSU team who won’t be phased by a playing in the actual national championship this time around. The Tigers also have settled on Jordan Jefferson as their quarterback, as opposed to having him come in late in the game after Jarrett Lee gives up two interceptions—a fact which often goes unappreciated by the national media.
Obviously, you have to play the game in order to win, and anything can happen. But it really doesn’t look like there’s a way for Alabama to beat LSU in the Superdome.