Carleton Tinker is the unfortunate soul who on Saturday last touchded the crystal football that the Alabama Crimson Tide won by beating LSU for the 2011 BCS Championship before the trophy fell off its pedestal and shattered.
In 74 years, No. 1 and No. 2 have met in the regular season just 22 times -- and only three other meetings have come after both teams had an off week. LSU and Alabama join elite company when they play next week.