I cannot say that I told you so. Because I didn’t. I really didn’t know who would win tonight’s game. You all know that I’m a big Tigers fan, but the analyst in me had a hard time picking a winner in advance. I thought that the teams were too evenly matched and that Alabama would probably have an edge because they were playing at home. But a lot of surprising things happened. No touchdowns, big turnovers, LSU holding Bama to under 100 yards rushing, and three missed field goals by Alabama. All of that added up to a close win for the Tigers. And it was a sweet victory.
I had a chance to attend the game. A friend of mine had a ticket, and under normal circumstances I would not have missed such an opportunity. Having said that, I don’t regret having missed it. I spent this weekend with old friends at my 20-year high school reunion. We all decided that we would spend the evening watching the game together, and we had a wonderful time. I don’t get to watch LSU games very often with a room full of Tiger fans, much less with ones that are dear old friends. So we all ate jambalaya and cheered on the Tigers together. For me, it was just as good as being there.
I don’t think that there is any question that the two best teams in the country met tonight in Tuscaloosa. To be sure, LSU must remain number 1. But I also think that Alabama should remain number 2. There is not another team in the country that can beat Alabama. And I’m not so sure that LSU could beat them twice. That is why I will be pulling for Stanford and Oklahoma State to win out. That Bama team is unbelievably good, and I don’t want the Tigers to have to face them again.
Brian Payne, if you’re reading this: Geaux, Tigers!