Yep, folks, it's finally here.
The annual matchup between LSU and Alabama is like Christmas for those of us who are into seeing a collection of the best college athletes in the world battle it out in what has become, virtually, an extension of the NFL schedule.
No joke; you'd be hard-pressed to find another game with the amount of future NFL players as this one.
And to top it off: Both teams are heavily rooted in NFL concepts and schemes, which undoubtedly provides them a leg up amongst the scouting community.
For LSU, whose season appeared to be over after early losses to Wisconsin and Auburn, the opportunity to knock off the best team in the land couldn't have come at a better time as the Tigers appear to be hitting on all cylinders on both sides of the ball (and on special teams).
While most have concentrated on the plight of the offense, the Tigers' defense has quietly become the lynchpin of the entire operation -- coming into the game as the No. 13th-ranked unit in the country.
Conversely, Alabama is looking super dynamic on offense behind a smash-mouth rushing attack that derives its power from its personnel opposed to schemes. In actuality, Alabama -- and LSU for that matter -- is a zone-based outfit that makes use of angles and precision in a great deal of its concepts rather than the maul-you-to-death concepts of yesteryear.
The results are undoubtedly the same, but how LSU must defend it is a lot different than what we're used to.
Hit the video below for further illustration.