No hesitations here! It’s Nick Saban’s ‘Bama versus Les Miles’ Tigers of Louisiana State. The game is in Tuscalooussa, which gives Alabama an edge. Many experts are saying that the game pits LSU’s very special running back Leonard Fournette against Alabama’s defense, a defense that is considered the best in the country. But my suspicion is that Alabama’s interior seven on defense and LSU’s running game will play each other to z standstill and the game’s outcome, therefore, will pivot on quarterback play and special teams. And here the Crimson Tide hax the advantage. In any case, it should be a great game.

Football at this level is anything but amateur. It’s a big time cash cow for universities, such as Alabama and LSU, and a full time occupation for players (who don’t get paid) and coaches (who do and quite well). And we’re finding out, moreover, that the danger of long-term brain trauma for players is acute. But this blogger has to admit that he still likes the sport. And for now I have a lot of company. If we have a national pastime it’s football – professional as well as college. Baseball fell off that perch years ago.