Maybe its just me, but I've taken offense to hearing that this LSU vs. Alabama game is supposed to be the "Game of the Century." Don't get me wrong, I'm as geeked as anyone to see what's going to have in Tuscaloosa as the Mad Hatter takes his Tigers from Baton Rouge down to 'Bama to face Nick Saban's Crimson Tide. However, to hear that this game is the "Game of the Century" almost seems disrespectful (especially when both teams quarterbacks are subpar) towards other phenomenal games that have taken place in the 21st Century.
When you have games of this magnitude that aren't bowl games or conference championships, the buildup of hype and drama becomes unreal. So lets cross our fingers and hope that this LSU vs. Alabama is better than these five games that were pretty damn dope in their own respect.
2006 - #2 Michigan vs. #1 Ohio State "Game of the Century"
In a game that will be remembered for the death of legendary head coach Bo Schembechler a day before the game, both teams played one hell of a game and paid homage to the man who has ties to both schools. Ohio State would prevail over Michigan 42-39 and earn a trip to the national title, while Michigan went to the Rose Bowl. Unfortunately for both, they'd end up getting blown out (Florida, Texas) and put the reputation of the Big Ten right down the toilet.
2002 - #2 Oklahoma vs. #3 Texas "Red River Shootout"
You could argue that the two most consistent teams in this century have been the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns as they've been to 6 national championships since 2000. In 2002, OU and Texas both had national championship aspirations and the game was an exciting one to watch. Ultimately, OU would win and go on to win the Rose Bowl and Texas would beat LSU in the Cotton Bowl.
2006 - #2 Texas vs. #1 Ohio State
While this game was billed as a "Game of the Century" type game, this game ended up being a hazing moment for the young Texas quarterback Colt McCoy. Ohio State pummeled #12 all night while Ted Ginn and Anthony Gonzalez ran wind sprints on the Longhorns' secondary. It'd be the first of three #1 vs. #2 matchups for OSU, that third one (Florida) didn't end so well.
IS THERE A GAME WE LEFT OFF? LET US KNOW AS WE PREPARE FOR LSU VS. ALABAMA!