An LSU fan claimed the other day that the Tigers have beaten the last three #1 teams they have played. We know it’s bad policy to trust an LSU person without fact-checking, so we conducted some “research.”**
Lo and behold, our corn dog munching fan was right! This streak dates back to 1997 when the Tigers upset the top-ranked Florida Gators in Baton Rouge. The other victories over #1 came against Oklahoma and Ohio State in the 2003 and 2007 national championship games, respectively. Oddly, these are the ONLY three times EVER the Bengals have upset the top team in the country.
**Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject. So you know you are getting the best possible information. – Michael, The Office
Know what else our “research” led us to discover? Former LSU All-American center NACHO ALBERGAMO is now a doctor of medicine practicing in Louisiana. Yes. Nacho. Albergamo. And now he touches people to fix their physical ailments.
Incidentally, Saturday will be only the second time in history Alabama will enter Tiger Stadium with a #1 poll ranking.
The first and only time – until Saturday – occurred on November 10, 1979. On that day, both defenses were nasty, but the Crimson Tide pounded it out with tailback Major Ogilvie and fullback Steve Whitman enough to give its
kicking unit the opportunity to put up the game’s only points in the third quarter. Kicker Alan McElroy hammered a 27-yard field goal, and Alabama held on to the winning score, 3-0, and its #1 ranking.
The Tide would go on to win all its games that year, capped off by a 24-9 win over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl and Coach Bear Bryant’s final national championship. LSU entered the contest 5-3, unranked, and finished the season 7-5 under legendary coach Charles McClendon, with a thrashing of Wake Forest in the Tangerine Bowl.