It was a tale of two different coaches, one heading into the twilight of an illustrious career the other smack dab in the middle of his. When Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide ran onto the field at Death Valley they were carrying a ton of history and bad blood. Saban was scorned by the LSU faithful for departing to the NFL then returning to the SEC via Alabama. Saban, for his part has downplayed the controversy, but it still had to feel good, beating the LSU Tigers in OT on their home field. The win keeps Alabama in the #1 spot and aimed directly at a BCS National Championship Game appearance.
Across the country, Joe Paterno and Penn State have also been hailed as possible BCS National Championship participants. That came crumbling down on Saturday as the Nittany Lions were on the short end of a last second field goal, losing to the Iowa Hawkeyes. Despite the loss, Penn State should still be in position for a top bowl game. In fact, they should be gearing up for a Big Ten Championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl. Not a bad consolation prize.