- CRITTER TALK
The number one and number two ranked college teams in the country will line up Saturday evening for a regularly scheduled season game that may well go a long way toward determining one side of the BCS national championship match up. The Tigers of Louisiana State University will be in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to meet the Alabama Crimson Tide. The two powerhouses have been ranked one and two all year by most every poll ranking in the country occasionally swapping places but both staying at either one or two. It may well become one of the best, if not the best one versus two match ups in history.
Saturday night will be the immovable object being hit by the the unstoppable force. Both LSU and Bama rank in the top 5 in the country in run defense, scoring defense, and pass defense. At the same time both teams sport a similar style in offense preferring to run the football. LSU has three strong running backs lead by sophomore Spencer Ware plus its backup quarterback Jordon Jefferson. Alabama also has a trio of powerful running backs led by Heisman Trophy candidate Trent Richardson. In fact, for both teams it will be much like playing mirror images of themselves. The predictions on this game is pretty much a tossup with the odds makers leaning toward the Tide by 4.5 points, but that is most likely due to being at home.
To emphasize the importance of this game the ESPN Game Day Show is being broadcast from Tuscaloosa just outside Bryant-Denny Stadium even though the game is being broadcast by CBS. University and Tuscaloosa officials are bracing themselves for an influx of people who just want to be in the same town where the contest is being held. One university spokesman had indicated that there will probably be as many as 40,000 people outside the stadium without tickets in addition to the estimated 102,000 people inside with tickets. With a population of about 90,000 this more than doubles the number of people in Tuscaloosa for that day.
Most of the locals in Tuscaloosa, those without tickets, usually stay home on game day to avoid the traffic and the fans who usually start partying well before game time and continue well into Sunday morning. In fact, people will start arriving in their RV’s Thursday afternoon with the bulk getting in town Friday evening. Tuscaloosa’s airport manager indicated that all of there plane parking spots (approx. 250) will be filled before noon on Saturday.
I know there will be many other football games played Saturday and Saturday evening and every school’s fans will be there to support them. But, come 8:00 PM ET, all eyes, ears, and attention pertaining to NCAA Division I football will be focused on Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I live about 6 miles from the stadium and fully expect to hear feel some of the hits between these two teams. It will, indeed, be a game to make history.