It was supposed to be the match up between two undefeated teams, in a rematch of last year’s national championship game in which Alabama reigned supreme with a 21-0 win. The media coverage was supposed to be unreal as tens of thousands flocked to Baton Rouge just to be within the vicinity.
Media attention will still be plentiful and fans will still flock, but not in the same numbers as last years game. LSU’s injuries and loss to the Florida Gators earlier this season took a lot of the air out of this match up.
This was supposed to be the game where the Twitter war between Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and Tyrann Mathieu will be settled on the field. However, that score will be hard to settle if one of those involved is not even on the field.
Mathieu’s dismissal this fall not only hurt the LSU Tigers defense, but took away one of the big storylines in this game. This could have been a moment where two Heisman front-runners literally went head-to-head. Now, it looks like McCarron will get the last laugh after toying with Mathieu in last year’s national championship game.
Don’t get me wrong, Saturday’s game is the best of the weekend, and without question the best of 2012. However, I can’t help but be a little let down when I think of what this game could have been. The story has been changed.
However, that is all that has changed. Regardless of the records, television audience or number of cameras covering the game, Saturday will still be a battle.
May the best team win.