Latest Presidential Polls: Obama Will Win Because Alabama Football Defeated LSU, and Here is Why

With the election two days away, everyone is dying to know who is going to win and to put the election behind us. With the election in a statistical dead-heat, no one really knows how the results are going to turn out on election day. That said, there are numerous election day predictors that posit a certain outcome. These indicators have a strong correlation with the eventual results of the presidential election. 

Though the complete unpredictability of all of these races defines politics, if you want some reassurance (or not) or a way to add some frivolity and entertainment to this bitter and polarized election, check out some of these sports-related predictors.

3. FOOTBALL: LSU vs. Alabama Game

Since 1984, the winner of the Louisiana State University vs. Alabama game has accurately predicted the winner of the presidential election. If LSU wins, a Republican takes office. If Alabama wins, a Democrat takes office.

Verdict: President Obama

The LSU Tigers played the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday night. The ending of this game was pretty epic. With 51 seconds left on the clock, Alabama scored, making a victorious comeback to win 21-17 over LSU (don’t I sound like I know what I’m talking about in football?).

Since Alabama won ... that indicates a likely victory for President Obama!

2. The Summer Olympics Rule

Given the four-year schedule of the presidential election and the Summer Olympics the Summer Olympics falls the summer of an election year. The rule states that if the Summer Olympics (the summer of an election year) is held in a country that has previously won the hosting bid for the Olympics, the party in power wins the popular vote. If the Summer Olympics is held in a country that has never won a bid before, the out-party wins the popular vote.

Verdict: President Obama

The 2012 Summer Olympics was hosted in London, England. London previously hosted the Olympics in 1908 and 1948.

1.  FOOTBALL: The Redskins Rule

The NFL's Washington Redskins played the Carolina Panthers Sunday in their final home game before the presidential election.

The Redskins Rule is supposedly the “Golden Rule” for predicting the winner of the presidential election and has worked since 1940 (with the exception of 2004 when the Redskins lost and President Bush won re-election). If the Redskins win their last home game before the election, the party in power stays in power. If the Redskins lose, the opposing party takes control of the White House.

With Robert Griffin III as quarterback, do the Redskins have a good chance of winning? After all, Griffin III won the Heisman trophy last year as quarterback for the Baylor Bears.

Verdict: The Redskins lost the game 21-13. Not Looking good for Obama.

Take these predictions with a grain of salt, look at the results of these games and feel assured that you may have some kind of idea who is going to win the election two days from now. In the meantime, I will be cheering for the Redskins using my limited knowledge of football.

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Avantika Krishna

Avantika, a graduating Trinity University, is Studying Political Science and Human Communication. A feminist, a human rights activist, and an advocate for youth activism in politics and social issues, Avantika contributes her time to various initiatives around her community and university. Follow her on Twitter @itsavantika and reach out to her for any opportunities (or really anything else!).

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