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Steve Geller

"WWL First News" Sports Anchor
Weekdays 5am-10am

"Sports Talk" Producer
Weekdays 4pm-8pm

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Geller: They're HERRRRREEEE!

Now that the confetti has settled from the Michigan Wolverines 23-20 overtime win over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl; the big boys - LSU and Alabama have come to New Orleans today with the BCS National Championship game kicking off in the Superdome on Monday.

Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide flew into Louis Armstrong Airport before heading downtown to the team hotel.

Les Miles and the Tigers caravaned in from Baton Rouge.

Both teams are at the Marriot.  It go me thinking, "Could the two teams collide in the lobby resulting in an epic battle royal?"  Ok, I need to relax, but I'm sure you are just as anxious as I am to see the two teams duke it out again.

The LSU/Bama rivalry began all the way back in 1895, when LSU won the first ever meeting 12-6 in Baton Rouge.

The teams would become members of the SEC when it was founded in 1932 and have been in the Western Division since the conference split in 1992.

It was in 2007 though that the LSU fans hatred for the Tide really got some kerosene poured on an already blazing fire.

Nick Saban had helped guide LSU to a national title in 2003 but ended up leaving much to that chagrin of Tiger fans at the end of the 2004 season to try his hand at coaching in the NFL.  Things were not so rosy with the Miami Dolphins, and Saban went in the college ranks, joining of all teams... Alabama.

Fightin' Tiger football would win the '07 "Saban Bowl" and beat their old coach 41-31 in Tuscaloosa.  As a matter of fact, LSU and Miles lead the leads the series 3-2 in the five games played so far during the Saban era in Bama.  But NO GAME has meant as much as this Monday's brawl for it all.

Sometimes we tend to over hype things in the media, but this rematch of two hated rivals is the first time in history where two conference foes will meet in a Bowl Championship Series game.

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01/04/2012 6:32PM
Geller: They're HERRRRREEEE!
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