Honestly, I’m not getting some of the anger being directed towards LSU and Alabama potentially facing off again in the BCS title game. Check out this tweet from Chris Fowler:
Defend that? If LSU and Alabama are the two best teams in the country, what’s to defend? Isn’t that what the BCS is supposed to do, match the two top teams in its rankings?
Note I’m not defending the method that goes into ranking ‘Bama and the Tigers at the top. And this isn’t a BCS/playoffs debate. All I’m going after here is why Fowler and others think it’s a big deal that this weekend’s games may not impact the BCS title game. As this AP voter put it,
“Honestly I don’t get all of the venom toward a rematch,” said AP poll voter Jeremy Sampson from WILX-TV in Lansing, Mich. “Isn’t the whole idea to have the two best teams play for the title? Clearly these (LSU and Alabama) are the two best teams in the country. I just hope we see a touchdown scored in the National title game.”
Besides, I’m not entirely sure about the premise. Here’s something intriguing that Jerry Palm wrote the other day:
… One thing that baffles me is the notion that we will have an LSU-Alabama rematch for the BCS title no matter what happens next week. That’s silly. There is no justification for rematching those teams if Georgia wins the SEC. If there is going to be a rematch at that point, it should be Georgia-LSU, not Alabama-LSU. Alabama would have won nothing. Not the division, not the league, nothing. I realize that is true even if LSU wins the SEC, but it’s a lot easier to make the case that the Tide is the second best team in the league (and country) if only one team was more successful than them in conference play. [Emphasis added.]
For the record, I’ve always thought the suggestion that you have to win your conference to play in the national title game was silly. It’s not in the rules, not every league has divisional play, the Big Ten until this season had neither divisional nor round robin play, Notre Dame doesn’t even play in a conference, etc. If Alabama and LSU are the two best teams in the nation and the system is committed to having a title game matching #1 and #2, then you have to let them play, rematch or not.
Before anyone goes there, I don’t say that because of what happened to Georgia in ’07. I didn’t think it was wrong for Georgia to fail to make the title game, just that it was wrong for Herbstreit to argue that Georgia should be disqualified for consideration due to it not being the conference champ.
And I hope this isn’t some backdoor this-is-why-we-need-a-playoff argument, either. Because the only difference between a playoff scenario and what’s going on right now is that in the case of the former, Fowler’s network would be spending this entire week speculating about how the upcoming games could affect seeding in the first round of the postseason. I get enough of that from ESPN in March. Thanks, but I’d rather listen to the bitching about whether Alabama really is the second-best team in the country right now.