As we reach T-minus nine days and counting until No. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Alabama, CBS Sports college football analyst Gary Danielson sees these two teams as virtual equals.
“Looking at the matchups, there is no significant advantage at any position,” said Danielson, who has called three LSU and two Alabama games. “There are plusses and minuses and strengths and weaknesses, and perhaps small opportunities that both teams can exploit, but there is no significant advantage on the field that can tilt the game.”
Danielson also said he doesn’t think that two weeks of constant media attention will affect the Tigers or Crimson Tide.
“Both teams are used to handling this media crush. It is not anything new for either team,” he said. “They always are in the center of the media onslaught. They’ve dealt with it through their whole careers. Even as kids in high school who signed letters of intent with these schools, they are used to it.
“The grandness of this match-up will not have a bearing on this football game.”
CBS, of course, worked a grand deal to move the game to a 7 p.m. kickoff on Nov. 5, a deal that includes already guaranteeing that it will show the 2012 LSU-Alabama game in prime time from Tiger Stadium.
Because of the uncertainty over how the SEC football schedule will look in 2012 – will the SEC just add Texas A&M or A&M AND Missouri or some other school? – no dates for conference games have yet been set.