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Happy 41st Birthday to the great Shaquille O’Neal (Getty Images)

GALLERY: College Photos of Shaquille O’Neal

Happy 41st Birthday to the great Shaquille O’Neal (Getty Images)
GALLERY: College Photos of Shaquille O’Neal

Alabama OL Barrett Jones (6-foot-5) gets water from athletic training student Ashley Leggett (4-9) during pregame warmups before a Nov. 2012 game against LSU. (Simon Bruty/SI)

Alabama OL Barrett Jones (6-foot-5) gets water from athletic training student Ashley Leggett (4-9) during pregame warmups before a Nov. 2012 game against LSU. (Simon Bruty/SI)

Alabama may have delivered a win — and a drive — for the ages. Down 17-14 with fewer than two minutes remaining, ‘Bama gained possession on its own 28-yard line following a missed Drew Alleman field goal. AJ McCarron, who appeared rattled for most of the second half, completed three consecutive passes to junior wideout Kevin Norwood. Then the Tide completed the comeback: McCarron hooked up with freshman back T.J. Yeldon (pictured), who deked a defender and raced 28 yards to the end zone. Nick Saban’s squad improved to 9-0, while LSU’s Zach Mettenberger silenced many critics in defeat. He completed 24-of-35 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown. (AP)

GALLERY: College Football Top 25 Review

Alabama may have delivered a win — and a drive — for the ages. Down 17-14 with fewer than two minutes remaining, ‘Bama gained possession on its own 28-yard line following a missed Drew Alleman field goal. AJ McCarron, who appeared rattled for most of the second half, completed three consecutive passes to junior wideout Kevin Norwood. Then the Tide completed the comeback: McCarron hooked up with freshman back T.J. Yeldon (pictured), who deked a defender and raced 28 yards to the end zone. Nick Saban’s squad improved to 9-0, while LSU’s Zach Mettenberger silenced many critics in defeat. He completed 24-of-35 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown. (AP)
GALLERY: College Football Top 25 Review

They don’t make them like Shaquille O’Neal anymore, especially when it comes to scoring, says SI’s Luke Winn. In his latest piece, Winn mourns the loss of high-scoring college basketball matchups, noting that 2012 was the slowest and lowest-scoring season in modern era college hoops. In 1990, Shaquille O’Neal’s LSU squad and Hank Gathers’ Loyola-Marymount put up a combined 298 points, a total that likely won’t be matched anytime soon. (Brad Messina/Getty Images)

WINN: The lost art of scoring: Revisiting the 1990 LSU-LMU epic
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Shaquille O’Neal

They don’t make them like Shaquille O’Neal anymore, especially when it comes to scoring, says SI’s Luke Winn. In his latest piece, Winn mourns the loss of high-scoring college basketball matchups, noting that 2012 was the slowest and lowest-scoring season in modern era college hoops. In 1990, Shaquille O’Neal’s LSU squad and Hank Gathers’ Loyola-Marymount put up a combined 298 points, a total that likely won’t be matched anytime soon. (Brad Messina/Getty Images)
WINN: The lost art of scoring: Revisiting the 1990 LSU-LMU epicGALLERY: Classic Photos of Shaquille O’Neal

This week’s SI cover features Tyrann Mathieu, why he was kicked off the LSU football team and how he needs to get back to being the Honey Badger. (Andrew Hancock/SI)

GALLERY: The “Honey Badger” Tyrann Mathieu 

This week’s SI cover features Tyrann Mathieu, why he was kicked off the LSU football team and how he needs to get back to being the Honey Badger. (Andrew Hancock/SI)
GALLERY: The “Honey Badger” Tyrann Mathieu 

LSU receiver Spencer Ware is gang-tackled by the Florida defense during Saturday’s matchup in Gainesville. The Gators limited LSU’s offense to just 200 total yards in a 14-6 victory. (Bill Frakes/SI)

STAPLES: Don’t look now but Florida is now an SEC threat
GALLERY: College Football Top 25 Review

LSU receiver Spencer Ware is gang-tackled by the Florida defense during Saturday’s matchup in Gainesville. The Gators limited LSU’s offense to just 200 total yards in a 14-6 victory. (Bill Frakes/SI)
STAPLES: Don’t look now but Florida is now an SEC threatGALLERY: College Football Top 25 Review

"Pistol" Pete Maravich, one of the most exciting players in basketball history, would’ve turned 65 on Friday. The LSU graduate remains the all-time leading scorer in Division 1 history with 3,367 points, an average of 44 points per game. He was also a five-time NBA all-star and a member of the league’s 50th anniversary team. (James Drake/SI)

SI VAULT: Pete Maravich discusses life as college hoops’ top player (12.1.69)

"Pistol" Pete Maravich, one of the most exciting players in basketball history, would’ve turned 65 on Friday. The LSU graduate remains the all-time leading scorer in Division 1 history with 3,367 points, an average of 44 points per game. He was also a five-time NBA all-star and a member of the league’s 50th anniversary team. (James Drake/SI)
SI VAULT: Pete Maravich discusses life as college hoops’ top player (12.1.69)

Georgia’s Cornelius Washington is penalized for a horse-collar tackle on LSU’s Jordan Jefferson during the 2011 SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome. The tackle didn’t slow Jefferson or the Tigers down as they prevailed 42-10. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

MANDEL MAILBAG: Champions model could turn unique sport into NFL clone

Georgia’s Cornelius Washington is penalized for a horse-collar tackle on LSU’s Jordan Jefferson during the 2011 SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome. The tackle didn’t slow Jefferson or the Tigers down as they prevailed 42-10. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
MANDEL MAILBAG: Champions model could turn unique sport into NFL clone

LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell dives into the endzone during a 2006 game against Tennessee. Russell highlights SI’s list of 10 biggest NFL draft busts since 2000. (Bob Rosato/SI) 

SI STAFF: The NFL’s Biggest Draft Busts Since 2000

LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell dives into the endzone during a 2006 game against Tennessee. Russell highlights SI’s list of 10 biggest NFL draft busts since 2000. (Bob Rosato/SI) 
SI STAFF: The NFL’s Biggest Draft Busts Since 2000

Shaquille O’Neal is 40 today. The future Hall of Famer won four NBA titles over his 19-year career. In this 1992 photo, O’Neal anchors the LSU defense during a NCAA Tournament game against Indiana. (John W. McDonough/SI)

GALLERY: Shaquille O’Neal - The College Years
SI VAULT: Shaq has been the key cog in Lakers three titles (6.17.02)

Shaquille O’Neal is 40 today. The future Hall of Famer won four NBA titles over his 19-year career. In this 1992 photo, O’Neal anchors the LSU defense during a NCAA Tournament game against Indiana. (John W. McDonough/SI)
GALLERY: Shaquille O’Neal - The College YearsSI VAULT: Shaq has been the key cog in Lakers three titles (6.17.02)

Kentucky forward Anthony Davis flushes home a dunk around five LSU defenders during a January game against LSU. The Wildcats prevailed, 74-50. Most scouts expect Davis to be the No. 1 overall pick but who will go No. 2? SI.com’s Ben Glicksman breaks down the draft field. (Mark Cornelison/MCT via Getty Images)

GLICKSMAN: NBA scouts weigh in on the Class of 2012
DAVIS MAILBAG: Ohio State’s depth, Jared Sullinger’s demeanor and more

Kentucky forward Anthony Davis flushes home a dunk around five LSU defenders during a January game against LSU. The Wildcats prevailed, 74-50. Most scouts expect Davis to be the No. 1 overall pick but who will go No. 2? SI.com’s Ben Glicksman breaks down the draft field. (Mark Cornelison/MCT via Getty Images) GLICKSMAN: NBA scouts weigh in on the Class of 2012DAVIS MAILBAG: Ohio State’s depth, Jared Sullinger’s demeanor and more

LSU guard Pete Maravich attempts to get off a shot during a 1968 game against Tulane. He’d have no problem the following year against the Green Wave, pouring in 66 points in a 101-96 loss. (Rich Clarkson/SI)

SI VAULT: Pete Maravich discusses his love for basketball (12.1.69)

LSU guard Pete Maravich attempts to get off a shot during a 1968 game against Tulane. He’d have no problem the following year against the Green Wave, pouring in 66 points in a 101-96 loss. (Rich Clarkson/SI)
SI VAULT: Pete Maravich discusses his love for basketball (12.1.69)

This week’s SI cover features the BCS Championship game between Alabama and LSU. In the photo, Tigers’ RB Michael Ford is swamped by a slew of Crimson Tide defenders, which was a recurring theme in Alabama’s 21-0 victory.  (Richard Mackson/SI)

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This week’s SI cover features the BCS Championship game between Alabama and LSU. In the photo, Tigers’ RB Michael Ford is swamped by a slew of Crimson Tide defenders, which was a recurring theme in Alabama’s 21-0 victory.  (Richard Mackson/SI)
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The face of LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson tells the story of last night’s BCS Championship as the Alabama defense shut out the Tigers in a 21-0 victory. The victory gave Alabama its second championship in three years. (Bill Frakes/SI)

MANDEL: Alabama dominates LSU for SEC’s sixth straight BCS crown
VIDEO: How Alabama ended LSU’s perfect run | Postgame Reactions
STAPLES: Alabama earned my AP vote, end discussion of split title
ANDERSON: Handing out awards for BCS Championship game

The face of LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson tells the story of last night’s BCS Championship as the Alabama defense shut out the Tigers in a 21-0 victory. The victory gave Alabama its second championship in three years. (Bill Frakes/SI)
MANDEL: Alabama dominates LSU for SEC’s sixth straight BCS crownVIDEO: How Alabama ended LSU’s perfect run | Postgame ReactionsSTAPLES: Alabama earned my AP vote, end discussion of split titleANDERSON: Handing out awards for BCS Championship game

The BCS National Championship is tonight as Alabama and LSU face off in New Orleans. This LSU fan is expecting some upset Alabama fans later tonight. Check out the entire scene from The Big Easy in the gallery below. (Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE)

GALLERY: Scenes From The National Championship

The BCS National Championship is tonight as Alabama and LSU face off in New Orleans. This LSU fan is expecting some upset Alabama fans later tonight. Check out the entire scene from The Big Easy in the gallery below. (Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE)
GALLERY: Scenes From The National Championship