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Saturday, November 7, 2009
Welcome from sunny Tuscaloosa


Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- What a gorgeous day for football at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The sun's out. There's a slight breeze, and the anticipation is what you'd think it would be for Alabama vs. LSU.

The Crimson Tide can lock up the Western Division title with a win, and the Tigers can put themselves in great shape for the division title by winning. Florida has already clinched the East crown.

It's always a treat when I come to Tuscaloosa for a game to hang out at the Walk of Champions. The statues of the Alabama national championship coaches line the walk, and not surprisingly, Bear Bryant's statue always draws the most people.

At the end of the walk, closest to the stadium, there's an empty spot right beside the statue of Gene Stallings.

I overheard two guys discussing Saturday morning what all Alabama fans are hoping and thinking.

"Yep, there it is. We know who that spot's reserved for," said one of the fans.

His buddy responded, "The Man ... I hope they're already working on his statue."