Field (Goal) Day

The game of the century, as some pundits dubbed Saturday’s match-up between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama featured more missed field goal attempts (3) than touchdowns (0).

Only Lee Corso, a former head coach and current analyst on ESPN’s “College Gameday” would enjoy such a battle of special teams.

No one scored a touchdown on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama – even with a game that went into overtime. Neither team reached 300 total offensive yards in the game. LSU’s quarterbacks threw for less than 100 yards. Even the time of possession for the game was scary close. (LSU – 29:54, Alabama – 30:06)

This rarely happens in a big game. While the overall experience didn’t live up to the hype, the players on the field certainly put on one hell of a defensive show.

“Defense wins ball games,” LSU’s Morris Claiborne said. “That’s all I’ve got to say about that. You come out and you prepare hard and play like we did tonight, and you come out on top.”

And now, the lobbying begins for a rematch in the BCS Championship Game in early January.

“When you get blown out, you’ve got lots of issues and problems,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “I don’t think anybody could watch that game and say Alabama doesn’t have a really good team and didn’t play a really good game. We just didn’t win.”

LSU cemented itself as the best team in college football. The trouble for the Tigers sits in the next few weeks with Arkansas, the SEC Championship Game and probably the BCS Championship Game after that.

It’s never easy in the SEC.

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