Published November 16, 2011 - 8:00am
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As much as anyone doesn’t want to admit, Alabama and LSU are the two best teams in the country. And so what if they have already had their chance at playing one another? I do understand non-SEC talking heads not wanting a rematch, but they’re the best two teams, right?
In 2006, Ohio State and Michigan played as No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in the last week of the regular season, (of course the Big 10 did not have a championship game like it does now) and I, above most people, did not want to see a rematch simply because Florida was in contention. I wanted to see fresh blood; I wanted to see new teams battle it out – teams that had not played during the regular season.
However, now, it’s obvious around the country that Alabama is the best one-loss team, but they cannot and will not be ranked above an undefeated Oklahoma State at the moment. So, they are sitting at No. 3.
Now, the winner of Oklahoma-Oklahoma State will likely play for it all (mind you LSU will have to stay undefeated for that to happen), Alabama could be on the outside looking in – along with Oregon.
Alabama’s best shot moving forward of playing for the National Championship might be hoping only one team – LSU Tigers – loses at home against Arkansas. Then, all hell will break lose in the BCS.
If the Tigers do go down, Alabama could slide right into being the SEC West Champions (highest BCS average of LSU and Arkansas), play for the SEC Championship and go to the National Championship against likely the winner of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State – or, of course, a one-loss Pac-12 Champion in Oregon. I’m not sure Oregon gets in though.
Usually, whoever loses early in the BCS is in better standing with rankings at the end of the season, as opposed to a team losing at the end of the season. In Arkansas’ case, they are not the revered team that Alabama is – so Arkansas will likely be on the outside looking in, certainly in the National Championship picture, even if they defeat LSU.
Alabama fans are now Woo Pig Sooie fans from now until the end of the year, you can believe that. There is not “too much Alabama” in Harvey Updyke to root for the Hogs come November 25th.
Let me say this, a one-loss Oregon or Oklahoma should not get in the National Championship game over Alabama, period. However, an undefeated Oklahoma State team does.
We could worry ourselves to death over the BCS, but let’s just let the season play out.