The Alabama Crimson Tide are set to face the LSU Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game tonight at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The game will be televised by ESPN and ESPN3 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
LSU (13-0, 8-0 SEC) is the number one ranked team in the country in the BCS Rankings, AP Poll and ESPN/USA Today Poll. Alabama (11-1, 7-1 SEC) is ranked second in all three polls and held off Oklahoma State for the spot in the title game.
The two schools met in Tuscaloosa earlier this season in what many people dubbed the “game of the century.” LSU won that game 9-6 in overtime. The defensive struggle saw the two schools combine for five field goals and no touchdowns.
The Tigers are no stranger to winning titles a mere 80 miles from campus. LSU has won each of their past three national championships at the Superdome in New Orleans. Under Les Miles, the Bayou Bengals beat Ohio State 38-24 in the 2008 Allstate BCS National Championship Game to claim the 2007 title. In 2003, Nick Saban led LSU to a 21-14 win over Oklahoma in the Nokia Sugar Bowl to win the 2003 national title. Finally, the Tigers defeated Clemson 7-0 in the 1959 Sugar Bowl to win the 1958 national championship.
Nick Saban, who owns a 54-12 record at Alabama, has a second national title to boast. He led the Crimson Tide to a 37-21 win over Texas to win the 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
If LSU wins the game, the Tigers will be unanimous BCS and AP national champions. If Alabama upsets LSU, their is a possibility of a split national championship. The Tide would claim the BCS title, but the Tigers could retain more first place votes to win the AP national title.