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Alabama Leaves No Doubt: LSU Mauled In BCS Championship, 21-0

A split national championship? You'll not hear another peep about it after Alabama ground the No. 1 team in the country to dust. The Tide dominated the Tigers from start to finish, only allowing LSU past the 50 yardline once.

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BCS Championship 2012: Ratings For Alabama-LSU Lowest Ever

The nation largely ignored a rematch of SEC foes, giving the BCS national championship its lowest overnight rating ever.

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BCS Championship, Alabama Vs. LSU: The Numbers That Mattered From Tide's Domination

The numbers that mattered in Alabama football's 21-0 destruction of LSU in Monday night's BCS Championship game, from LSU's Spike Factor, to Alabama's tight ends, to one final Warlord-and-Koko B. Ware reference.

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Alabama adds another title

Count 'em however you like, Alabama Crimson Tide fans, but the 2012 media guide's getting another one. The BCS National Championship Game ended with an unquestionable, uncontestable 21-0 slaughtering of the LSU Tigers by the best college football team in the country.

All talk of a split national championship was buried beneath Alabama's defense and left for dead by Trent Richardson's 34-yard touchdown, the first end zone arrival between these two since 2010.


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It was supposed to be another defensive slugout, but Alabama racked up a substantial 381 yards. LSU, however, did not do its part, tallying a meager 92 yards -- 249 fewer than FCS Georgia Southern put on Alabama.

Though their records are now the same, and they've split the season series between each other, and LSU won the SEC by crushing Georgia, and LSU's schedule was tougher, it doesn't matter. Not at all. Alabama is the best team in the nation. Jordan Jefferson was completely bewildered, so if we'd like to hold out the notion that Jarrett Lee might've been able to get anything done, let's recall he threw two picks to this same defense earlier in the year.

The worst college football season ever ends with the country's most zealous sports fans enjoying a title, and in a year in which their state was hammered by tragedy before the season began. For the third year in a row, the state of Alabama takes the crown.

For more on the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, visit LSU blog And the Valley Shook, Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll and SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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BCS National Championship, LSU Vs. Alabama: Live Game Coverage With Video And More

Won't you join us at 8:30 p.m. ET (ish) for the BCS National Championship Game between the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide? Even if you're able to catch the game on ESPN (also: radio info), we'll still be around to provide stats, updates, commentary on highlights, and probably not any spoilers. There will be only like one touchdown. OK, so not many spoilers.

In the meantime, here's a fine assemblage of preview reading, as there's really no point in doing anything that's not college football with the rest of your day.

How's this game work? Here's Bill Connelly with what we can learn from the first go-round, and here's Vegas trying to make heads or tails of the whole thing (also: everyone likes prop bets).

I have questions about bowl game things. SI.com's Holly Anderson has been running an excellent series of bowl FAQs, which conclude with this title game breakdown.

Will anybody score a touchdown? SI.com's Andy Staples has the prescription for just that. It'll probably go differently than it did in 1964, when multiple touchdowns were scored.

Shouldn't there be a playoff instead? Well, yes, especially since, as Samuel Chi notes, it's hard to pick a great No. 2 team, but Bill C. suggests you just hush and enjoy it. Bomani Jones blasphemes further: the BCS got it right. But SI.com's Stewart Mandel notes your opinion is probably shaded by whether your team's here or not.

Who am I supposed to root for? Spencer Hall just comes right out and says it, while Andrew Sharp's report from the scene may make you just root for the entire city of New Orleans. Even if it does contain Harvey Updyke.

But I'm an Alabama fan. That's what Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll is for!

But I'm a LSU fan. Then you should be off to LSU blog And the Valley Shook.

For more on the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, visit LSU blog And the Valley Shook, Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll and SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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Alabama Vs. LSU Preview: What We Can Learn From Round 1

The last time these teams played, LSU found success on the edges, and Alabama dominated between the tackles. Alabama created, and blew, more opportunities. Will the same story play out this time around?

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Notes From New Orleans: LSU-Alabama, And Calm Before The Storm

LSU and Alabama play for the National Championship on Monday night in New Orleans. But first there's been the prelude: An NFL playoff game, pep rallies, and a 24-hour party that goes for 72 hours. Here are some notes and images from the scene.

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BCS National Championship game preview

More than a month after the SEC Championship and more than two months after their first meeting in Tuscaloosa, the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson tide finally contest their rematch. To many, it's a rematch they never wanted to see. To many others, putting these two teams in the BCS National Championship game was the only fair way to go about things. If LSU wins, they will be a clear and unanimous national champion, likely heralded as one of the best teams in college football history. If Alabama wins, we've got a bit of a mess on our hands.


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But let's put that aside for the time being. Before we get into the "if Alabama wins" mess and the possibility of a split National Championship, there's football to cover. After all, that can't happen unless Alabama wins what most expect to be a very even football game. They will be facing a player who was only used more sparingly in the first matchup than he will be used on Monday night, quarterback Jordan Jefferson. Alabama Crimson Tide blog Roll Bama Roll is concerned about his playmaking ability and what the Alabama defense will do to stop him.

Finding a way to stop the option attack led by Jordan Jefferson and his overall mobility could be the biggest priority, and the additional focus that was undoubtedly placed on doing that in game preparation will certainly be beneficial to Alabama. Even so, it's still a difficult thing to defend, and even if defended relatively well -- as it was on November 5th -- it can (and likely would) nevertheless have the impact of taking Alabama out of its aggressive blitz packages and limiting situations where 'Bama forces an opposing offense behind the chains on second and third downs. By keeping Alabama in a more conservative base defense and having to defend against convertible down-and-distance situations, LSU can limit the dynamic of the 'Bama defense with only a moderate degree of success in the option game.

LSU Tigers blog And The Valley Shook expects to see much more of Jefferson than Jarrett Lee, and anticipates that Alabama will do everything in their power to force him to make throws while inside the pocket.

While I doubt Jefferson's presence changes Nick Saban and Kirby Smart's defensive gameplan too much, his strengths and weaknesses contrast with Lee's. With Lee, the Tigers have a more accurate short-range passer who is at his best when he can get the ball out quickly, but struggles in the face of a pass-rush. With Jefferson, the play-action deep game and motion passes like bootlegs work a little better, but the ball will come out slower and leave the offense more vulnerable to sacks. As such, whereas Bama sought to pressure the heck out of Lee in the first-go round, with Jefferson back there look for them to try and stop the run with just the front seven, keep the safeties back, keep Jefferson in the pocket, make him throw passes against zone coverage.

Now, back to that pesky split title thing. It's highly likely that the winner of this game, even if it is Alabama, will be named as the National Champion by both the coaches and the AP. But, as SEC blog Team Speed Kills points out, the waters could be muddied. The coaches will vote for the winner of Monday's game, but the AP can do whatever they please.

In most sports, there's no way to handle it when there are two championship-worthy teams or when there's a split result. When the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, for example, they were the undisputed champions of the NFL not simply because they won the official championship event -- though there's that -- but also because there was no alternative way to recognize that the Patriots had defeated the Giants in the regular season and had a far better record and an arguably stronger resume.

We don't have that problem in college football. The coaches are contractually obligated to vote for the winner of the BCS National Championship Game, and every voter in that poll absolutely should vote based on the results of the game. But there's no reason for the AP to vote based on that game if they aren't bound by contract.

Yes, there are aspects of this game that have little to do with actual football, but the actual football should be excellent. We highly recommend watching for the actual football and not for the chaos that could possibly ensue afterwards.


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LSU vs. Alabama game time, date: 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday, Jan. 9

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

TV channel: ESPN/ESPN3

Game odds: LSU favored by 1 1/2 points

For more on this game, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll, LSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. For more college football, stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news coverage. And visit our many college football blogs.

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BCS Rankings, Week 15: Alabama, Not Oklahoma State, To Play LSU

Oklahoma State's demolition of Oklahoma was not enough to put them over Alabama in the final BCS rankings of the regular season, setting up a rematch between the Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers in the national title game.

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