The Tigers prevailed in a physical but offensively-challenged 9-6 overtime victory. The two teams were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 at the time, and after a brutal weekend for top-10 teams, that’s precisely where they sit in the latest BCS rankings.
Which means a “game of the decade” rematch in the BCS championship game is becoming increasingly likely.
Arkansas is just behind Alabama at No. 3, and an upset in Baton Rouge on Friday could create near-chaos, with a three-way tie atop the SEC West. In the 14-year history of the BCS, three teams from the same conference have never been ranked 1-3.
So what stands in between a Les Miles and Nick Saban reunion in the Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 9?
Alabama must win at Auburn in its regular season finale next week and LSU must get past No. 3 Arkansas on Friday afternoon, then beat Georgia in the SEC championship game. None of those are sure things, but if they play out as expected, it’s hard to envision another one-loss team jumping past the Crimson Tide and into the title game.
The first installment was the most-watched college football game on CBS in 22 years. How big would the audience be for round 2?