Cash in Now: Alabama's College Football Stock is About to Drop

Christopher Williams@@6thCLagniappeCorrespondent INovember 1, 2008

At some point the law of averages kicks in and reality is faced. The Gold Rush, Internet Boom and Housing Market are all prime examples of the law of averages. If you own stock in the Alabama Crimson Tide football team, right now is the time to sell because the law of averages will kick in soon and reality will soon follow.

On Nov. 8, the Crimson Tide will travel to Baton Rouge, La. to play the Louisiana State University Fightin’ Tigers. The Tigers have lost two games, both times giving up 50-plus points. Florida scored 51 points on LSU in Gainesville and Georgia put up 52 against the Tigers in Baton Rouge.

Alabama will come into Baton Rouge, 9-0 assuming it beats Arkansas State today. The Crimson Tide are not the team that lost to UL-Monroe last year; they are out to prove a point. Although LSU struggles on defense, this game will be a whole different ballgame.

If the Tigers beat 'Bama next week, it will trump the two losses against Florida and Georgia. Nonetheless, they will still need help from Mississippi State and Auburn to win the SEC West; the season won't be saved by this one game.

This game is bigger than 'Bama head coach Nick Saban because, no matter who is coaching this team, it is the No. 2-ranked team in college football, and LSU also has a point to prove.

Make no mistake, the Nick Saban hype will be a small factor, but that is more for the fans than anything. When I predicted Florida to beat LSU, I said it would be a game of emotion; this is going to be the exact case for LSU when the Tigers come out against 'Bama. The Tigers will be playing on a different level, and tonight’s game against Tulane will be a confidence-building game that will help the Tigers prove to the nation they are still an elite program that will be around for years to come.

So if you are a bandwagon 'Bama fan, you better cash out now because the Tigers will rain on the great season 'Bama is having. Coach Les Miles will not let 'Bama beat his team in Baton Rouge, and although I believe Miles will have the mindset that this is just another game, deep down inside he will have something to prove.

He beat Nick Saban last year and went on to win the national championship, but many critics claim he did it with Saban’s players. Although I do not buy into the "winning with someone else’s players" hype, there are people who underestimated Miles and, with a win against 'Bama, no one will be able question his coaching ability.

If either Alabama or LSU loses today, check back because I will have to completely change my prediction.