The last game
Having played in four Alabama-LSU games in his career, Richardson recalled fond memories of “just the rivalry itself.” The two schools will renew the rivalry Saturday night as the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide heads to LSU’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., for the game against the No. 5 Tigers.
“It’s just big; it’s bigger than what people think it is,” Richardson said. “That atmosphere, especially playing in Death Valley at night time, that crowd goes wild. The crowd is shaking; the field is vibrating throughout the whole thing. You can’t hear anything. It’s something you always want to be in when you talk college football.
“Those games are too fun. You’ve got two teams playing smash-mouth football, talking mess to each other. They’re trying to throw everything out there on the line, go head-to-head. It’s something you’ve always dreamed of.”
Richardson said the Alabama-LSU meetings were some “of the most physical games” on Alabama’s schedule within the Southeastern Conference.
“It’s always going to be physical against LSU,” Richardson said. “The Florida game’s going to always be physical. When I was there, I got to play in three games against Florida. That was always a physical game for me. LSU is always going to be a physical game.”
Richardson’s Crimson Tide went 2-2 against LSU in his career. However, when the schools met for the second time this past January in the BCS National Championship Game, Richardson and the Tide redeemed themselves from an early-season 9-6 loss to the Tigers at Bryant-Denney Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Richardson ran for 96 yards and one touchdown in the Crimson Tide’s 21-0 shutout victory over the Tigers.
“It just shows you that the top teams come from the SEC,” Richardson said. “Any one of us, LSU, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, these guys can all go and win championships at any time, especially how they’re playing this year.
“Alabama’s just that team right now and they’re going to always have a big target. That’s one thing about Alabama football. You know you’ve got a big target, so everybody’s playing like they’re in the championship game.”
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