It has been more than a month since the college football world learned who would play for the BCS National Championship. Now, the day has come to settle it on the field as No. 1 ranked
The Buckeyes beat
"I'm very fortunate to be at LSU and very fortunate to represent this team," said LSU coach Les Miles on Sunday. "I want to congratulate Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes, what a great team they have. They are an extremely talented bunch of players. It's going to be a very competitive, very hard-fought game, and to the victor goes the spoils."
No two teams may be more alike yet more different than LSU and
Both LSU and
But that is where the similarities end.
Look no further than the coaches of these two teams to begin discussing the differences. Sure both Miles and Tressel are from the Buckeye state, but as different as the Big Ten and SEC, Tressel and Miles are, pardon the pun, "Miles" apart.
Cerebral in nature, wearing his scarlet sweater vest and white sleeves, "the professor" leads his Buckeye team in an intuitive manner. Borderline boring, the coach that uses the word "neat" all too often leads his football team the same way.
And quoting some of the media that covers the Buckeyes, the
On the other side of the spectrum, there is Miles and his LSU Tigers. It seems almost fitting Miles is from
And sure his idol might have been the late Bo Schembechler, the legendary, yet conservative coach of the Wolverines, Miles coaches his LSU team with his emotions placed wistfully on his sleeve. Some call it recklessness, others call is grit, but Miles' approach to coaching the Tigers has been effective, while at the same time gut wrenching.
LSU has won 11 games for the third straight season under Miles, an achievement of unprecedented proportions in
Time after time, LSU was forced to rally in the fourth quarter, gamble on fourth down and literally wrestle victory from its opponent. All will remember Miles going for it five times on fourth down against Florida, all of which the Tigers converted. Then there is the last second pass against
In all, six games decided by a touchdown or less.
And while the wins were euphoric, the losses were equally as devastating. Both coming in triple overtime at
But then there was the wild weekend in
Now it's game time.
The game has been analyzed from every angle, every storyline has been featured and all that remains is football.
LSU employed a new offensive coordinator in Gary Crowton at the beginning of the 2007 season and the results speak for themselves. The 2007 Tiger offense was the most productive in the program's history. With running back Jacob Hester (1,017 yards) and wide receiver Early Doucet, the LSU offense averaged more than 39 points per game.
The Buckeyes offense isn't too shabby itself. Although not nearly as flashy or explosive as that of the Tigers', the Buckeyes have an efficient offense led talented running back in Chris "Beanie" Wells. Wells has rushed for more than 1,400 yards this season and is the featured weapon of the offense.
But the time off has allowed all-American and multiple award winner Glenn Dorsey to rest an aching body and the Outland, Nagurski, Lott and Lombardi Trophy winner is at 100-percent, for the first time in quite a while.
As a matter of fact, LSU will be operating at full speed for the first time since a 48-7 win over Virginia Tech in week two of the season.
The stage is set, the teams are ready, the fans are primed – its time for football in the Big Easy. The BCS National Championship Game.