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So let's face it, most big games are over-hyped and don't live up to the expectations.
No. 1 LSU at No. 2 Alabama will not be one of those games.
I believe one crucial mistake will be the difference in this contest.
The mistake may come early (the nerves are going to have to be through the roof for these players) or it may come late (neither team has had to have a game-winning drive or last-minute kick to post a win).
Alabama has the home field advantage, but something about this LSU team tells you they like to be the villain with thousands of fans pulling against them.
Nick Saban is right, everyone needs to chill.
Les Miles is right, there's not a better atmosphere for college football.
Thank goodness LSU plays Western Kentucky next week.
Alabama will have a tougher time at Mississippi State. The Tide plays Georgia Southern the following week. Bet Saban wishes those two games were reversed.
The loser, unless it is a blowout, should not fall below the top five.
I believe Alabama will have a tougher time with Auburn and LSU with Arkansas than either team will have in the SEC Championship Game and the BCS game.
But I can't say I am all for a re-match.
Let's face it, if you are an LSU fan and win you don't want to play Alabama again, and if you are an Alabama fan and win you don't want to face LSU again. The television ratings should be out of the roof. I've only found one college game that had more than a 20.0 TV rating and that was the 2006 Rose Bowl between Texas and Southern Cal, which finished with a rating of 21.7. That will stay No. 1 until Saturday.
I have a great deal of admiration for LSU athletic director Joe Alleva. But the former Duke AD sent out a letter this week trying to sugarcoat how this year there have been SEC night games in Tiger Stadium.
Then, the LSU at Alabama game is moved to a 7 p.m. kickoff.
CBS has a rule (I didn't think television stations had rules) where they can only show one game in prime time. Those bozos chose Alabama-Florida this year.
What were you thinking?
Anyway, they made a deal with ESPN that also included NBC to move Saturday's game to night.
So, you will have ESPN showing Arkansas-South Carolina at 6:15 and LSU and Alabama at 7 p.m.
Bet Arkansas and South Carolina officials have to love that.
Anyway, getting back to Alleva, he sends out a letter saying they demanded CBS show next year's LSU-Alabama game in Baton Rouge in prime time.
Wow, you really had to twist their arms on that one, right, Joe?
With all the outstanding young players on both side, the SEC West should come down to that game again. Sorry, but I don't think anyone needs to send a thank you note to the CBS crew.
Getting back to the game itself, there's not much that can be said or won't be said that has already been said a dozen times.
But something tells me they will be talking about this one well after the final whistle.
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