The midsummer quest was to identify which college rivalries are hottest now, right here in 2009.
#5 LSU Tigers-Alabama Crimson Tide (Date: Nov. 7)
Why It's Hot Now: Last year, roughly 90,000 LSU fans spent a tense and emotionally charged afternoon coating former-savior-turned-Alabama-savior Nick Saban in boos -- arguably the largest concentration of ill will upon a single individual in sporting history. (Go ahead, name me one greater.) Crimson Tide fans took it personally because they're Crimson Tide fans -- they take everything football-related personally. Thus, LSU coaches, players and fans should expect similar hostility in Bryant-Denny Stadium this year. In a league that never turns the other cheek, it's all about the payback.
Upper Hand Today: Bama won in overtime last year on its way to the SEC West title.
Upper Hand Historically: Alabama leads the all-time series 44-23-5, although LSU had won five straight before last season.
Big Al the Elephant to Mike the Tiger: Got Nick?
Mike the Tiger to Big Al the Elephant: Got any textbooks I can buy?
No mention of the Iron Bowl, not even an Honorable Mention!
Red-hot rivalries to provide '09 fireworks