Trump Going to LSU-Alabama Just Another Comparison to Nixon, Who Also Went to a 'Game of the Century'

President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend the college football game between LSU and Alabama, ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the country. The game has been dubbed "game of the century" for the second time this century.

The last time a president went to a regular season game between top teams that was also dubbed "game of the century" was 50 years ago when Richard Nixon went to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to watch the visiting Texas Longhorns, ranked No. 1 in the country, take on the No. 2 Arkansas Razorbacks.

That game was in the 100th year of college football, and Nixon went to declare the Longhorns as the national champions after their 15-14 win. That was the last all-white college football national championship team.

Nixon was a football enthusiast, and Trump is a football and sports enthusiast as well. Trump attended Game 5 of the World Series last month in Washington, when the hometown Nationals played the Houston Astros. A week later, Trump attended a UFC match at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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President Donald Trump is presented with a team jersey while honoring the 2017 NCAA Football National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide during an event at the White House, on April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Alabama beat the Clemson Tigers 35-31 to capture the championship. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Trump attending a "game of the century" in college football's 150th year is just one comparison to Nixon, also a Republican president, in their tenures as commanders-in-chief.

Though politics was not paramount in 1969 when Nixon attended Texas-Arkansas, it should loom large Saturday on the campus in Alabama, a state Trump carried in 2016.

"Presumably a college football crowd in Alabama is going to be a friendlier audience and an audience that's kind of his base in that part of the country," University of Virginia associate professor of presidential studies Guian McKee said in The Hill. "It is a college town, and if he gets booed at that game it sort of deepens the problem for him."

Trump going to the game draws even more comparisons to Nixon when he was in the White House. Famed journalist Carl Bernstein, who helped uncover the Watergate Scandal with Nixon, compared Nixon's tapes to Trump's conversations with Ukraine officials in a "cover up."

"They are somewhat equivalent because what we've seen in one summary suggests this conspiracy, suggests this high time perhaps by the president of the United States," Bernstein said. "And Nixon was ordered to turn over his tapes because of those kinds of suggestions, so there's some real comparisons of evidence that is being withheld now that the Watergate investigators were able to obtain."

Though impeachment inquiries have begun against Trump by the U.S. House of Representatives, he may go farther in this process than Nixon, who resigned from office before impeachment could begin in 1974, the second year of his second term.

The LSU-Alabama game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday on CBS. There are planned protests on campus Saturday morning. The two teams, who meet every season as SEC West foes, played against each other in 2011 for what was called the "game of the century," which LSU won, 9-6, in overtime. The teams met again for the national championship that season in New orleans, with Alabama winning the rematch.

LSU has not beaten Alabama since then, which now spans eight-consecutive games.