I still shake my head at the box score.
The No. 1 team in the country, the undefeated and seemingly invincible Tigers of LSU, scored zero points against No. 2 Alabama earlier this year in the BCS National Championship Game. The Crimson Tide, back again for another crack at the crystal ball in 2013, didn’t allow LSU to cross midfield in the entire game.
Jeremy Shelley, one of two kickers for the Tide this season, made five field goals and a Trent Richardson touchdown (with a missed extra point) gave Alabama a peculiar route to a rout in the home state of the Tigers. Alabama finished the game with as many first downs as total points (21) and held the No. 1 team in the country to 92 total yards.
Now they want to do it again.
The Tide will be favored by ten points or so when they kick it off in Miami against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on the first Monday of 2013. Alabama, now No. 1, suffered a late season loss to Texas A&M at home but got some help when Oregon and Kansas State followed suit. The Irish are the only bowl eligible team without a loss on their record as Ohio State finished 12-0 in a year where they couldn’t make a postseason trip due to punishment from the NCAA.
How good is Notre Dame? We still don’t know for sure. Alabama’s not half bad. You’ll see that on January 7th.
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