By: Sean Cartell
SEC Digital Network
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference made history when the Bowl Championship Series announced that No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama will meet for the BCS National Championship on Jan. 9 in New Orleans at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
This meeting will mark the first intra-conference matchup for the national championship in the BCS era. The game assures the SEC of its sixth consecutive national championship and the eighth overall national title for the conference in the BCS era.
It is a rematch of one of the best defensive battles in recent college football history, as LSU defeated Alabama 9-6 in overtime on Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The Tigers extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 14 overall games on Saturday when they defeated Georgia 42-10 in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. LSU has reached 13 wins for just the second time in program history, joining the 2003 team that went 13-1 and won the BCS National Championship game.
LSU has won two BCS National Championships, claiming titles in 2004 and 2008 with both coming in New Orleans, while Alabama captured the 2010 BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Alabama claims 13 national football championships overall, and will be playing for its second BCS Championship in the last three seasons.
Alabama and LSU have been the two most successful teams in the SEC since 2007. The Crimson Tide are 49-12 (.8033) during that span, while the Tigers are 51-13 (.8030) over that stretch. Since 2000, the average winning margin in the Alabama-LSU rivalry is 11.00 points per game with seven of the 11 games being decided by nine or fewer points.