What's the Real Chance of an LSU Alabama Rematch? Id Say 11.9

Tim TrollingerCorrespondent INovember 22, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 05:  Cade Foster #43 of the Alabama Crimson Tide misses a field goal in overtime against the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Like it or not (most say not), the chances of an LSU versus Alabama rematch in the national championship are almost a foregone conclusion. Barring an upset of tremendous proportions, 'Bama will go to the BCS game without winning the Western Conference of the SEC.

You can be sure of a few things when it comes to college football, and one is that money still drives this train. After posting an impressive 11.9 viewer rating in what was being called the game of the century, the networks are licking their collective chops over the possibility of this rematch.

The last CBS regular-season game with a higher rating? You have to go all the way back to 1989: Notre Dame versus Miami.

Forget whether it’s fair or not, 'Bama and LSU sell. 'Bama has posted a league-leading 13 covers of Sports Illustrated since Nick Saban's arrival.

LSU has won two BCS titles, both played in New Orleans, and neither without some controversy. 

LSU won the 2003 BCS National Championship amid controversy, as the USC Trojans were awarded the Associated Press National Championship even though they did not play in the BCS championship game.

In 2008, LSU became the first two-loss team to win the BCS title despite a season-ending loss to Arkansas.

So the stage is set once again for sports writers and media moguls to decide this one. However, this time the backlash could get ugly.