The Alabama vs. LSU game on Saturday is more important than just the individual results that it could provide. The 2010 BCS standings for week 11 are going to shift again on Sunday for both teams, with the winner of this game getting an enormous push. With both SEC schools sitting on a 7-1 record, it improves the strength of schedule for both teams. Both LSU and Alabama still have a good shot at getting into one of the BCS bowl games, with Alabama hoping for a spot in the BCS Championship Game, and LSU trying to get one of the at-large bids into a BCS bowl game.
LSU lost their first game of the season back on October 23 when they fell to Auburn 24-17. It knocked them down in the SEC West standings, giving Auburn a distinct advantage in trying to grab that slot in the 2010 SEC Championship Game. Now LSU has to win out and hope that Auburn loses two games, but more realistically, they need to win out their schedule and hope that Auburn does the same. That is the best case scenario for LSU, because it would lead them to an 11-1 record on the season, and a great shot at being one of the at-large teams invited into the BCS bowl game picture.
Alabama still has the inside track to win the SEC West and clinch a spot in the 2010 SEC Championship Game by simply winning their four remaining regular season games. They still hold their own destiny, losing earlier in the year to an Arkansas team that now has a 6-2 overall record. It’s not quite as easy as it sounds though, because the Crimson Tide have to beat LSU on Saturday, Mississippi State next Saturday, and then Auburn on November 26 just to get into that game. Doing so would give them an outstanding strength of schedule, and if Alabama were to then win the SEC Championship Game, they could be looking at an invite to the big game.
There are certainly a lot of “ifs” in the future of both LSU and Alabama, and we will get our first answer when the two schools take the field on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS, and they are playing down in Tiger Stadium. Alabama will be looking to control this game on the defensive side, mixing a good passing game with their stellar running game. LSU is going to just try to just play a steady game, make sure it stays close, and then hope that one of their scholarship athletes comes up big at the right time. The advantage seems to be on the Alabama side of the field here, but in the SEC anything can happen.