In only the 23rd regular-season matchup between the top two teams in The Associated Press rankings, No. 1-ranked Louisiana State remained unbeaten by winning a defensive struggle, 9-6, in overtime against No. 2 ranked Alabama.

LSU’s overtime victory on the road in front of a crowd of 101,821 at Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., certainly lived up to the billing as the latest “Game of the Century.” It also earned the Tigers selection as the winner of Week 10 in the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 College Football Game of the Year Contest.

The matchup between Southeastern Conference rivals contained plenty of drama that ended when LSU kicker Drew Alleman drilled a 25-yard field goal through the uprights in overtime. Alleman hit all three of his field goals, while Alabama missed four field goals and squandered another scoring chance by throwing a goal-line interception.

The fierce defensive struggle included LSU (9-0) forcing two turnovers and holding Alabama (8-1) to just 96 yards rushing. The Crimson Tide’s Heisman Trophy candidate, running back Trent Richardson, managed just 89 yards on 23 carries. Alabama finished with 295 total yards, while Louisiana State mustered 239.

With the huge victory against its Southeastern Conference rivals, the Tigers become a favorite to emerge as one of the teams to play in the Bowl Championship Series national championship game.

A national panel of experts selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Contest. Each week’s winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the regular season.

Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy donates the painting to the winning university, along with $5,000 for its general scholarship fund.