LSU vs. Alabama National Championship Game Thread

Join us tonight as the top-ranked LSU Tigers (13-0) and the No. 2 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1) will meet for the second time in just over two months in the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz.Superdome for the BCS Championship.

LSU won the first encounter 9-6 in overtime, in the battle of field goals made and field goals missed. Alabama's two kickers missed 3 out of 6 attempts and had another blocked, while LSU was 3 for 3 in their FG attempts.

If you are expecting a shootout like what we have seen many times so far during this bowl season, you will probably be disappointed. Both coaches believe tonight's game will be another defensive slug-fest, which is not hard to imagine considering they are the top two defenses in nation. LSU is ranked second allowing only 10.5 points a game and Alabama leads the nation allowing under 9 points a game.

"I expect it to be big-boy football,'' LSU's goofy coach Les Miles said.

"I would like for them to focus on the opportunity, not the pressure part, so that they really are zeroed into the mental practice and the things that when they go out there and play, they're going to be confident in doing their job the way they need to do it to have success,'' said Saban in his best monotone and robotic voice.

So far LSU has shown why they deserve the number one ranking, with wins against two other major bowl winners in Oregon (Rose) and West Virginia (Orange), as well as the win against Alabama. This season LSU beat eight teams ranked in the AP Top 25.

"I thought it was beautiful," Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart said of the first game. "That was grown men out there battling. It was the most physical game since I've been at Alabama. It was brutal - the pounding, all the big hits."

Needless to say, both sides are expecting the same defensive type rematch for all the marbles.

Three ways both LSU, Alabama can score in BCS championship rematch by Andy Staples

Kickoff is set for 8:30 PM ET on ESPN.

CLICK DA LINKS BELOW AND JOIN US WHILE WE FOLLOW THE FIRST AND SECOND HALF ACTION.

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