The loss of a season-long goal can leave a scar on a football team's psyche. Many teams, such as LSU, are in the middle of adjusting their goals downward.
The biggest difference between LSU-Alabama I and Monday's title game was the poise and presence of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron.
Every time the crystal football shows up in New Orleans, LSU shows up -- and the Tigers feel right at home in the Superdome.
Both LSU and Alabama are built in the image of their coaches, Les Miles and Nick Saban, whose football philosophies are more similar than their public personas.
The fans' passion for football drives attendance and TV ratings. It all adds up to a winning formula for the conference.
In a BCS National Championship Game featuring a rematch between LSU and Alabama, the SEC-industrial complex has reached an epic proportion that has divided the nation.
Bowl season illustrated the importance of motivation, the inevitability of rust and the sheer excitement generated by a bowl game decided in the final seconds.
As Ivan Maisel breaks the huddle at the halfway point in the season, Penn State, Texas and Alabama are lined up in the I-Formation and ready to receive some midseason awards.
The national championship didn't go through the Heisman race this year. But that's OK with Todd Boeckman and Matt Flynn, who've waited for four years for their chance to lead their teams.