By Allie Davison, Wharton High
For all the pre-game hype, the 2012 BCS Championship meeting between LSU and Alabama was more snooze-fest than defensive showdown. Okay, maybe I was rooting for the Tigers since I am an Auburn fan, but that is beside the point. Here are my best attempts to solve the mysteries that unfolded earlier this week in the Big Easy:
Were the Tigers overly confident with their home field advantage? As any sports fan will tell you, home field advantage can make it or break it. Just ask the Denver Broncos in their victory over the heavy favorites Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. Heading into the BCS title game, sports analysts around the country pinpointed the game being in LSU’s backyard a huge advantage. It is no secret that the city of New Orleans is filled with some of the rowdiest, dedicated fans in the land. However, even with the Bourbon Street mystique the Tigers let their advantage work against them. In a sea of purple and gold, Les Miles’ squad came out flat and less than enthusiastic. My guess is they assumed Alabama would succumb to the cheers of "Geaux Tigers" and let the city of New Orleans beat the Tide at their own game. Yet, the Nola boys seemed to have forgotten who was the coach on the other side. No way Nick Saban was letting his team come out unprepared for the noise and excitement in the SuperDome.
Will this game sway the fans? The saying goes, “Defense wins championships.” That may be true, but in my experience as a sports fan, unless your team is the one laying down the strong defense you want the game to be as high scoring and entertaining as possible. When people look at college football, the Southeastern Conference has been the headline conference for years, winning its sixth consecutive title. Defense has always been dominant in the SEC, but this year it seemed to have been even more so.This year's championship game was expected to be low scoring and a gritty fight on the line of scrimmage. Low scoring it was, but out of the 21 points scored by Alabama 15 were field goals. In most people’s eyes that screams “Seaux Boring.” I can appreciate a good defensive game as I did the first go-around between the schools, but this game lacked more than touchdowns, it lacked enthusiasm and heart from the LSU bench. This will go down as one of the best defensive performances, but least re-watched title game.
Will Nick Saban go down as the best ever? Notching his third BCS Championship title, Saban has been THE coach in college football the past 10 years. Whether you like him or not, there is no denying his knowledge of the game and even his biggest haters can praise his strategic maneuvers. The face of Tuscaloosa has been compared to legendary Roll Tide head coach Bear Bryant in every aspect. Living in the shadows of of the greatest to ever coach the game, it is no surprise that Saban has taken the job with seriousness and confidence. Well known for giving the media little with a sly smirk, he has taught his team to show respect for the game. With Lou Holtz, Bobby Bowden and Bryant as contenders for best coach ever, I don’t see Saban cracking the top five this year. However, if Saban can continue to recruit and inspire his teams at Alabama, I see him racking in three more titles during his tenure. Now that would crown him the greatest coach in college football history.