Every now and then, two behemoths get together on the gridiron and focus the attention of the college football world. That’s what will happen this Saturday night in Tuscaloosa as No. 1 LSU visits No. 2 Alabama.
The hype-fueled world of today creates a lot of things out of nothing. Seemingly more often than not, the hyped matchups fall flat to our expectations. Anytime Number One faces Number Two, the moniker “Game of the Century” (GOTC) gets dragged out of the closet, dusted off and shined up.
The BCS has made a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup a yearly event. But before the 1998 season, such matchups were pretty rare occurrences, especially before the bowl season.
Stymied by two big LSU Tiger plays in the first half, the Vols were then pummeled into submission in the second half. It was perhaps the most physical beat-down the Vols have ever suffered in the long history of Neyland Stadium.
For the record…
The Vols face a formidable opponent in LSU on Saturday. After a very disappointing loss against Georgia during which Tennessee lost their composure and confidence, and their quarterback, in the second half, the Vols must conquer their minds if they are to be competitive against the number one ranked Tigers. Thus, the theme of this week’s For the Record is Fear.
The Vols host LSU Saturday afternoon at the General’s house. Unfortunately, we’re unable to do what my momma always told me to do: put your best foot forward. Our best QB is injured and out. Our best RB is injured and out. Our best WR is injured and out. Our best DL is injured and out. And, our best CB/S was dismissed from the team.
That’s no way to treat the number one ranked team in the land when they pay you a visit.
That pitiful circumstance notwithstanding, it is still irresistible to revisit last year’s game in Baton Rouge in order to find some solace and hope for Saturday.
LSU 16 Tennessee 14
2 Oct 2010 | Tiger Stadium | 92,932Recap | Boxscore | Play-by-play | Drive Chart
LSU scored on the very first play from scrimmage and on the very last play from scrimmage. In between, Tennessee fought their hearts out and left everything they had out on the playing surface of Tiger Stadium. Except for a bizarre event on the final timed play of the game, it was enough to win.
LSU on Saturday, in Red Stick. Georgia between the benson-and-hedges next week. Then, a breather (no game) before ‘Bama on SWF and the much-improved Gamecocks in the Palmetto State.
We’re two-and-two. You’d think we were “OK” going into this stretch. You’d think I was even looking forward to the center cut of the season.
Hello, friends! I am helping out norcalvol while he is away in Iceland, and throwing my 2 cents in about our Vols — specifically, to share some of my thoughts about Tennessee’s opponent this upcoming weekend, the LSU Tigers, and some recent history of the series between the two teams, from my own personal observations.
I want to give this caveat, however — I am not quite as technologically savvy as some of you, and am still learning about this whole blogging thing. So bear with me, and with that in mind, away we go!