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National (SEC) Championship Preview

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If the college football world needs anymore proof on what conference is best in America, it need look no further than tonight’s match up between Alabama and LSU. For the first time in Bowl Championship Series (BCS) history two teams from the same conference will play in the national title game. This will also mark the sixth consecutive time a SEC team will win the national title game, a tough reality for other conferences. Since the inception of the BCS only one team hasn’t won their conference and played in the championship game, the 2003 Oklahoma Sooners, who’s mere appearance in the title game was outrageously controversial. Alabama will become the second team to accomplish that feat, but their appearance is a little less scrutinized. Why? Because they are hands down second best team in the nation and here’s why:

Both Alabama and LSU lead the nation in total defense. Bama is number one on the list, holding opponents to a staggering 191.3 yards/game. LSU was second giving up 252.1 yards/game.

-This will be the second time these team match up this year. LSU won the first one 9-6 in overtime. In the 9-6 loss, Alabama became the only team this season to not give up a touchdown to the Tigers, a team that averaged 38.5 points/game on the year.

-Alabama has 5 All-Americans on their team (Richardson, Jones, Hightower, Barron, Upshaw). Three of the five are on the first team.

-Nick Saban might be the best college football coach in the nation and if he closes the deal tonight he will have three national championships, putting him in some elite company.


There is no question that Alabama deserves to be in this game, but there is a reason LSU is still undefeated. The Tigers are the most talented team in the nation, which is why I think they will ultimately come out on top. Kentucky fans got an up close and personal view of LSU when our Wildcats traveled to Death Valley earlier this season. There dominance was evident then but let’s examine the Tigers a little closer:

The Tigers might have the best defensive backfield I have ever seen. Every player that starts there will eventually play on Sundays, and play at a high level. There are led by cornerbacks Morris Claiborne (46 tackles, 6 ints) and Heisman-finalist Tyrann Mathieu (70 tackles, 2 ints), who both have some return ability as well. Think about this… last year current Arizona Cardinal, Patrick Peterson was in this secondary. Peterson, Claiborne, and Mathieu are all going to be top 5 picks in the NFL draft and without Peterson the secondary is playing better this year. Wow.

-LSU also has some talent at the front of their defense. Hurried quarterback throws are what helps this secondary be great and defensive ends Barkevious Mingo (8 sacks) and Sam Montgomery (9 sacks) are playing at an extremely high clip this season. In LSU’s base 4-3 defense a pass rush has to be generated for it to be successful and these guys know how to get to the quarterback.

-What goes better with a stifling defense than a great, power running game? LSU goes four deep at the running back position with Blue, Ford, Hillard, and Ware. None of the four backs have scored less than 7 touchdowns this season, and their quarterback Jordan Jefferson joins the party with three rushing touchdowns of his own. To stop the Tigers you have to stop their backs and no one has done it so far this season.

This should be a great game. Both LSU and Bama deserve to be playing tonight and the team that wins it is going to have to be playing flawless football to pull out the victory. Does Alabama avenge their only loss of the season and send the BCS into utter chaos? I’m going to say no. I think LSU pulls this game out, 17-13.

Who comes out on top tonight?  Roll Tide or Geaux Tigers?

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

31 Comments for National (SEC) Championship Preview

  1. bigcatelswick
    5:04 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink


  2. kymover
    5:06 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Go Elephants

  3. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    5:11 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Roll Tide.

  4. Bald Guy
    5:13 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    LSU… because Bama looks as though they might have the next 5

  5. ukmoxie
    5:14 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Living in bama, all I have to say is: RTR

  6. guyabovemeisignorant
    5:17 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    “Bama looks like they may have the next five”? huh? LSU looks like they will probably take the next one. They are returning both running backs, and have a top of the line qb coming in. They will also return many dbs. what does winning the next five have anything to do with this game anyways?

  7. TN Cat
    5:17 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Geaux Tigers! Alabama already had their chance at home and couldn’t get it done. They shouldn’t even be there tonight.

  8. Always > U ..ofL
    5:18 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    If LSU loses by less than 11 they’re still #1.

    The crime is that we’ll not know if Bama (assuming they lose) was better than Ok.St. (Even though all us SEC fans know they are).

  9. Uncle Jerry Sanclusky
    5:22 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Tide bout to roll all over the bayou bungholes.

    Best Direct Care Staff Ever

  10. barn
    5:23 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    just think, 7-8 years from now joker could have us playing for the national title

  11. Ron Paul Approves
    5:24 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Bama by 11

  12. tmark14
    5:31 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    bama 23-16!

  13. Me
    5:37 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Roll DAMN Tide…

    #10, I know you were joking – but Joker couldn’t even pull a Tubby and get Alabama or LSU to the National Championship.

  14. JackBluto
    5:53 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    I generally dislike both teams except for their SEC status.

    I don’t think ‘Bama should get a second chance at LSU personally – they lost at home and didn’t win the West. SEC fans complained when Oklahoma didn’t win the Big 12 champ game and got to the NC game over Auburn, and UGA was kept out of the NC game b/c they didn’t win the East the year LSU won it with 2 losses. How soon we forget these unwritten rules when it benefits the TV ratings.

    I know Bama is one of the two best teams in the country, but LSU already won at ‘Bama – this is unfair to LSU to have to win twice – on the road and neutral site. Until we have a playoff system, the LSU win should have bene considered a playoff game, and Bama lost. Okl St should have been the LSU dinner tonight.

    Having said that, Alabama had a much better looking offense against LSU than LSU did against Bama. The only reason LSU won (and I don’t say this lightly, just that ‘Bama should have won) was 4 missed FGs and w/n the kicker’s range and 2 easily in range. FG’s matter, and LSU has the better kicker so they won. But they best hope they don’t allow ‘Bama in the end zone. If ‘Bama gets more red zone chances again this time, LSU will probably loose.

    In fact, I think LSU will probably loose anyway.

    But I hope LSU wins just b/c they should not have to beat ‘Bama twice to win the NC. It will be unfair for to LSU if they win the road game, the SEC championship game, and then loose to Bama in a rematch and don’t get a share of the NC.

    Once should have been enough.

  15. Blue Bayou
    5:55 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    LSU 22-19. GEAUX TIGERS. No way Bama comes into New Orleans and beats the Tigers. One of the best teams ever if they win tonight.

    LSU has had by far the toughest schedule with Marquee wins against Oregon in Dallas, West Virginia AT West Virginia, and AT Bama, not to mention swallowing everybody that come to Death Valley whole. Les Miles is almost unbeatable with time to prepare. Bama is good, but these Tigers are special.

  16. Tomas
    5:55 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    6. Many feel that Trent Richardson is coming back next year, and even if he doesn’t Eddie Lacey would probably start on every other team in the country excepty maybe Wisconsin. McCarron will be back next year as well. They also have a relatively young defense. They only lose 5 starters on D. And only 4 starter on Offense. Alabama and USC will be the NC game next year. That being said, Alabama should not be playing in this game. I hope LSU destroys them.

  17. Tomas
    5:57 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Couldn’t agree with you more JackBluto.

  18. bigbluedude
    5:59 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    you fools that say ” alabama shouldnt’ be in this game, anyway” crack me up, who should be in? it? oaklahoma st? the same team that stanford just hung 38 on? a crappy pac 10 team? HILARIOUS

  19. STEVE!
    6:07 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    I would like to see Bama win by the same score LSU won with a few weeks ago, just to see the BCS blow up. Who could say with no doubt which team should be #1? Come back in two weeks and play the tiebreaker!

  20. kyfan32
    6:10 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Truthfully, I for one don’t care anymore. As far as I am concened the BCS has ruined college football. College football was over New Years Day, they want me to care then they can change so they are not competing with basketball.

  21. Tomas
    6:16 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    @ 18 Oklahoma State had a tougher SOS, beat more quality opponents, and the computers ranked OSU higher than Bama, only the biased humans voted Alabama 2nd. People like Nick Saban, who in his last ballot voted Oklahoma State 8th. Statistically Oklahoma State is better in every category than Alabama except points allowed. I think Alabama would probably beat them, but how can a team that didn’t win its division be the national championship. You also forget that Oklahoma State’s one loss came on the same day of the plane crash that took three members of the athletic department.

  22. UK in TX
    6:16 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    RTR baby

  23. JackBluto
    6:29 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Tomas makes valid points. While LSU’s schedule was killer, Alabama’s was not so strong due to weak non-conference games. Okl St actually was higher ranked in SOS and in the final computer rankings. The SEC has so dominated the NC for the last 5 years that now they just put 2 teams in it. That would be great in a play off system. In this psudo-bowl matchup, it just isn’t right.

  24. Hard Hittin' CAT
    6:56 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    20) I kinda agree. The bowl system is a joke. I love college football but I’m pretty much done with the games after the conference championship games are over. The BCS championship game is the least of my interest now thanks to the BCS bu!!shit. Remember when the national championship used to be a bowl game?? What happened to that??

    Can a brotha get a playoff system?? How about the top 8 teams with each game designated as the top bowl games. (Rose, Sugar, Fiesta, Orange, Cotton, Outback, & Capital One bowls??)

    Then they would have more people caring a whole he!! of a lot more.

  25. bamacat
    7:04 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    RMFTR Bammers will be going HAM tonight in the french quarter

  26. Blue Haze
    7:41 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    This game proves that Championship are NOT won in the regular season and that the regular season has meaning whether there is a playoff or not. That being said, Who is ready for a true NCAA competition based playoff. Current Bowl matchups short of the top 20 teams are boring and draw very little attention other than a box score and some sportscenter highlights.. It is time for a change.

    Bama 17
    LSU 9

  27. Harlan Ky
    7:48 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    LSU wins 21-20
    gonna be a close game 😉

  28. Tomas
    7:56 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    26. If we scrapped the Big 12 and Big East and sent Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Boise State to the Pac-12, then sent Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, and Notre Dame to the Big 10, then of course had Texas A&M, Missouri, TCU, and West Virginia to the SEC; then add UConn, Rutgers, Pitt, and Syracuse to the ACC. Thats 4 conferences of 16 teams. Have a conference championship, take the winners of all the conferences and have a Final Four.

  29. Tomas
    7:58 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Eliminates the stupid BCS, and every game truly counts. Makes the championship earned rather than handed to you in a beauty pageant.

  30. Uk1A
    12:28 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    6. You are ignorant.

  31. Crimsonwildcat
    10:26 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    @21.. please dude don’t use the plane crash as an excuse. Condolences to those lost but none of the players knew those involved. Bama didn’t use the tornado or a death of one of their teammates as an excuse and that was a bigger tragedy by far. They lost to IOWA STATE… To say they deserve to be in over bama is ridiculous. Bama would win by 20+. Sure OK state MIGHT score a td or two but Trent would run for 200 + and they would own time of possession and limit the chances OK state has to score. OK states defense is awful. The best thing that happened to OK state was that they didn’t get to play either one of those teams especially bama. Now they have the luxury of living in the world of what-ifs instead of having their @sses handed to them. Everyone that watched the 1st game between these two knew bama outplayed LSU in every way except the scoreboard. Monday proved what bama fans already knew. Agree that the BCS needs to go to a plus 1 but the system is what it is and they got it right. The results still would’ve been the same tho. Roll Tide. Go Cats