The History of #1 vrs. #2

It’s an event almost like Haley’s Comet or Leap Year.  An in-season game between the #1 and #2 teams in the country.  This is only the 24th time since 1943 that it has happened.  The first #1 vrs. #2 game in history was #1 Notre Dame beating #2 Michigan by a score of 35-12 on October 19, 1943.

#1 vrs. #2 games rarely fail to excite.  11 of the 24 games have been decided by seven points or less, including two 0-0 ties.  The last two #1 vrs. #2 games were SEC championship games.  The last non-championship #1 vrs. #2 game was between #1 Ohio State and #2 Michigan on November 18, 2006.  Ohio State won that game by a score of 42-39.  Including tonight’s game the last 4 #1 vrs. #2 games were between conference opponents.  The last non-conference #1 vrs. #2 game was just a few weeks before the previous game, when #1 Ohio State defeated #2 Texas by a score of 24-7 on September 9, 2006.  the 2006 Ohio State Buckeyes were the first team to win two #1 vrs. #2 games in one season since Notre Dame did it in 1943.  Overall #1 teams have the advantage in the series 14-8-2

Tonight should be no disappointment.  Both LSU and Alabama are evenly matched and there is an almost certainty that whoever wins this game will be playing in the National Championship with a weak division winner standing in their way in the SEC Championship game.  The stakes are high, the teams are hungry, the coaches are great, and the players are some of the best in the country.  Sit down and enjoy this game tonight, you never know when it’s going to happen again.

The history of #1 vrs. #2 games:

  • December 9, 2009 – #2 Alabama defeated #1 Florida 32-13 (SEC Championship Game)
  • December 6, 2008 – #2 Florida defeated #1 Alabama 31-20 (SEC Championship Game)
  • November 18, 2006 – #1 Ohio State defeated #2 Michigan 42-39
  • September 9, 2006 – #1 Ohio State defeated #2 Texas 24-7
  • November 30, 1996 – #2 Florida State defeated #1 Florida 24-21
  • November 13, 1993 – #2 Notre Dame defeated #1 Florida State 31-24
  • November 16, 1991 – #2 Miami defeated #1 Florida State 17-16
  • September 16, 1989 – #1 Notre Dame defeated #2 Michigan 24-19
  • November 26, 1988 – #1 Notre Dame defeated #2 USC 27-10
  • November 21, 1987 – #2 Oklahoma defeated #1 Nebraska 17-7
  • September 27, 1986 – #2 Miami defeated #1 Oklahoma 28-16
  • October 19, 1985 – #1 Iowa defeated #2 Michigan 12-10
  • September 26, 1981 – #1 USC defeated #2 Oklahoma 38-24
  • November 25, 1971 – #1 Nebraska defeated #2 Oklahoma 35-31
  • December 6, 1969 – #1 Texas defeated #2 Arkansas 15-14
  • September 28, 1968 – #1 Purdue defeated #2 Notre Dame 37-22
  • November 19, 1966 – #1 Notre Dame and #2 Michigan State tied 0-0
  • October 12, 1963 – #2 Texas defeated #1 Oklahoma 28-7
  • November 9, 1946 – #1 Army and #2 Notre Dame tied 0-0
  • December 1, 1945 – #1 Army defeated #2 Navy 32-13
  • November 10, 1945 – #1 Army defeated #2 Notre Dame 48-0
  • December 2, 1944 – #1 Army defeated #2 Navy 23-7
  • November 20, 1943 – #1 Notre Dame defeated #2 Iowa 14-3
  • October 9, 1943 – #1 Notre Dame defeated #2 Michigan 35-12

My prediction for tonight?  Alabama makes it 14-9-2 for #2’s when they defeat LSU tonight 35-31.

Twitter @ErikVenskus

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