Before we start hyping the Nov. 5 "Game of the Century, 2011 Edition" and pondering a rematch between these same teams in New Orleans next Jan. 9, here's a reminder:
There are other games that still have to be played and they might still matter, just a little.
To be sure, the LSU-Alabama showdown deserves all the attention it gets, including the belated move to primetime after CBS traded with ESPN for, essentially, "a game to be named later." And we will get into that plenty next week.
But it will be next week. Thanks to ingenious scheduling by the SEC, somehow BOTH teams have a bye to get ready for this titanic tilt. While they practice, a few other teams will be jockeying for the spot in the on-deck circle, hoping for a shot at the winner in the BCS national championship game.
The latest BCS standings tell this much: The top three teams - LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma State - control their own destinies. After that, it's far from certain.
This week's BCS Bowl projections:
Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Wisconsin
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Boise State
Sugar Bowl: Stanford vs. Nebraska
Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Syracuse
BCS Championship: LSU vs. Alabama
(Full analysis exclusively at SB Nation)