LSU and Alabama will square off Monday night in college football’s BCS National Championship Game in a rematch of a contest on November 5. LSU won the first match up 9-6, but this game is winner-take-all.
Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News joins Bill to preview that game, as well as wrap up the rest of the bowl season.
“Based on what we saw in Tuscaloosa a couple of months ago, you would have to think it will be a defensive struggle,” Wilner said. “It’s been five weeks since LSU has played, six weeks since Alabama has played, and that time off tends to make you a little bit sloppy, and if you’re sloppy, you’ll turn the ball over.”
Wilner pointed to LSU safety Tyronn Mathieu as a player who could have a significant impact on Monday’s game.
“He could end up changing the game with a punt return,” he said. “That’s what happened in the SEC Championship against Georgia, he changed the game by returning a punt for a touchdown.”
Between now and Monday night, there will be two other bowl games played, the BBVA Compass Bowl and the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Bill asked Wilner if there was any point discussing those games.
“There are 35 bowl games,” he continued. “So there are 70 teams that are participating in bowls, and there 120 teams in major college football. Of the 35 games, a bunch of them have been real exciting, but the majority of them are very forgettable.”
As for his prediction for the game that does matter, Wilner likes LSU.
“They’ve just got something special about them this year,” he said. “They have answered every challenge. They’ve had one of the best seasons in college football history, and I think they’re going to put an exclamation point on it.”