College Football Extra: Who Should Play Against LSU in the National Championship Game—Alabama or Oklahoma State? UPDATE: It’s Official-All SEC Championship
posted at 10:12 am on December 4, 2011 by Rovin
LSU/ALABAMA? OR LSU/OKLAHOMA STATE?
After a dismal first half in the SEC Championship game, (12 total yards and zero first downs), the LSU Tigers were more like a heard of elephants in full stampede mode, as they dismantled the Georgia Bulldogs 42-10. Tyrann (Honey Badger) Mathieu was a one-man wrecking crew for LSU along with an overwhelming defense that held the Bulldogs scoreless in the second half, leaving 12-0 LSU the only undefeated FBS team in the nation, and an undisputed No. 1 ranking in the BCS.
The not so surprising outcome leaves college football fans, (and more importantly, the voting Coaches, Pollsters, and BCS computers), with one final dilemma—who’s # 2???
If you listened to Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger, (ABC/ESPN announcers/broadcasters), on who should play in the BCS title game, it’s already decided—Alabama. The all too cozy relationship with ESPN, (a multi-million dollar contract with the BCS and the SEC), might as well be a Chris Matthews/Keith Olbermann debate over who should be the next President.
The current #2 Alabama Crimson Tide, (11-1) sat out the weekend, not qualifying in the SEC Championship game, finishing second in the SEC-West. And, for the record, LSU defeated Alabama 9-6 on November 5th in what the sportscasters billed as “the game of the century”, (where neither team scored at touchdown), yet the Tide loss moved them “suspiciously” by the BCS down only one spot to #3*.
But the 11-1 Oklahoma State Cowboys have a legitimate argument for that #2 spot by winning the Big 12 Conference defeating #10 Oklahoma soundly 44-10. Both teams have high national offensive rankings, (Oklahoma, #10 and O-State, #2), but last night the Cowboys defense, (ranked 29th), stifled the Sooners offense forcing five turnovers, (three fumbles and two INTs) keeping Oklahoma out of the end zone until 2:25 in the fourth quarter.
Now, it’s all up to the polling and those pesky BCS computers to decide who should show up in New Orleans on January 9th to face LSU, Alabama or Oklahoma State? Neither choice will be popular in certain regions of the country, and you can bet those who’ve been calling for a play-off system will be roaring again with a fever pitch.
(Now if I can just figure out how to insert a poll into the thread ~ check back later)
* After the Alabama loss to LSU, the Harris Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll (that is part of the formula for the BCS “system”) actually ranked Alabama #4 placing them behind still unbeaten Oklahoma State and Stanford, but those pesky “human computer” folks voted/inputted their own formula:
3 Alabama .8836 previous #2, current Harris #4 2505 .8713 current USA Today #4 1286 .8719 Average computer ranking #3 4+6 +4+ 3+ 3+ 3 = 23 ¸6 = 3.83 = 3 ????
(I guess computers aren’t allowed to round up—but the difference between placing the Tide at #3 or #4 at the time would have placed Bama in the predicament of having to move up two spots instead of one to reach the coveted Big Game)
NEW YORK (AP) — Play it again, LSU and Alabama.
The Crimson Tide edged out Oklahoma State in the final round of voting Sunday and will play the top-ranked Tigers in the BCS national championship game on Jan. 9 in New Orleans.
Undefeated LSU is the only team to beat Alabama this season, and the head BCS official sees a do-over as a perfectly good title game.
“Absolutely, if they’re 1 and 2, and they are in all the polls released today,” executive director Bill Hancock said.
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