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Posted by on January 11th, 2012 in blog, Brady Baylor, CFF Features, Uncategorized | No Comments

9-0 felt like 21-0, and 21-0 ultimately felt like 45-0 (made-up scores arbitrarily picked, but you get the picture).  So satisfying it must have felt for Alabama to crush the title hopes of the Bayou Bengals (and avenge their home loss to them earlier in the season), head coach Nick Saban saw fit to uncork a bottle of what appeared to be actual human emotion, cracking a smile on national television while making every effort to preserve the general form of his hair.  This, however, was after he managed to throw a small fit after an Alabama penalty with the game firmly in their grasp, which clearly amounted to nothing more than a made-for-television outburst.  Incidentally, the “national” audience represented the lowest rating for any BCS title game to date, which no doubt has something to do with the fact that it was on a cable channel for the first time, but also had to be attributed to it being a rematch that promised to be without the popular offensive leg of the offense/defense/special teams trifecta.

 

On Sunday, only a day away from the disaster that would unfold for LSU on Monday night, head coach Les Miles had announced an expectation of “big-boy football”.  Turns out he was spot-on, as a number of really big boys in crimson jerseys roughed up his Tigers for a full four quarters. The Hightower-Upshaw combination of Bama linebackers is listed at 525 pounds alone, and the Tigers repeatedly threw themselves at the duo with predictable levels of futility. The deer-in-the-headlights look that grew progressively more prominent on the face of LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson was not enough to dissuade Les from leaving him in the game, not that a fresh face at QB was going to dissuade Alabama from treating him just as poorly as they did Jefferson.

 

Perhaps Les’s “big-boy” declaration referred to his plan to attack the Tide head-on, without the benefit of trickery or any of the madcap antics that we’ve all come to know, and frankly love, with his approach to the game.  If that were his plan, and it’s only my speculation that it could have been, then it went horribly wrong.  The Alabama defense apparently agreed with this being an offense-optional contest, only allowing LSU’s offense to see their end of the field for a brief moment after the game was well out of reach, as part of a full 92-yard offensive explosion by the Tigers which included 53 in the air and 39 on the ground.

 

Save for a late-game rumble into the end zone by Bama running back Trent Richardson, the Tide found their scoring success with the foot of Jonas Brother-turned-placekicker Jeremy Shelley, as he connected on five of seven field goals and then saw fit to deflect his lone extra point attempt off the upright.  It should be noted that they piled up 384 yards of offense versus the nation’s second-ranked defense.


 

Alabama’s thrashing of LSU left no doubt about 2011’s number one, but the circumstances only added fuel to the fire of the anti-BCS movement, as meetings were already commencing on the Tuesday after to discuss the future of the college football postseason.  Early word after the meeting was that fifty-plus ideas were presented, but much of the talk on the airwaves centered on a plus-one option, a four-team playoff, or an eight-team playoff.   If this kind of talk dominates the college football landscape this offseason, I think we’ll all agree that it’s a welcome reprieve from the off-field news that has prevailed over the past several months.

 

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