By Ryan Decker
One of the oldest rivalries in college football will be renewed Saturday evening.
It will take place involving two teams from college football’s top conference, one of which is without a doubt the best team in the country, and will take place in what is regarded as one of the best, if not the best, atmospheres in the game. Oh, and arguably the sport’s best coach will be on the sideline.
In years past this could be looked at as easily one of the best games of the season, but don’t expect an instant classic in this season’s meeting between the two archrivals.
So far this season the Crimson Tide are outscoring opponents by 29 points per game. The defense, which is being called the best Nick Saban has ever had, is giving up under 15 points and less than 280 yards per contest.
Not only that, but Lane Kiffin’s balanced offensive attack has been explosive, scoring more than 35 points in six of its eight games and at least 30 points every time out.
The Tigers may have former Heisman candidate Leonard Fournette fully healthy once again, but Fournette was contained last year Tuscaloosa against the Tide, and as already stated this year’s defense for Alabama is better.
LSU may be on a three-game winning streak, and the Tigers will be playing this game at home, but they won’t be any match for Alabama.
LSU fans, realistically, shouldn’t expect this game to be all that close.
Bama has won the Alabama/LSU matchup each of the past five seasons.
LSU’s Top-15 ranking in the College Football Playoff ranking was surprising to many given everything that has transpired in Baton Rouge this season.
Would I, or any college football fan, pay to go to this game? Sure. It’s Alabama vs. LSU in Death Valley at night. How could you not want to go?
But should realistic fans expect this game to be anything close to that 9-6 defensive battle in 2011? No!
What should be expected is something closer to the 38-17 victory Alabama registered in two year’s later.