Here we go again, the spin doctors and talking heads are all lining up against the Tigers. LSU doesn’t stand a chance, again. A team that finished 13-0, won eight games against ranked opponents, beat #3 twice and #2 on the road doesn’t seem to be good enough to beat #2 again in the friendly confines of the Superdome. LSU’s dominance just seems to shrivel and shrink when compared to the gaudy 11-1 record of the Tide, who faced five ranked teams and lost at home to the only one it faced in the top ten.
It seems that LSU might as well be 12-1 and Bama should be 12-0 because on November 5th, LSU actually lost and Bama did enough to win the game. You just gotta love revisionist history being used to justify an unpopular decision in the present. This will be wholly unpopular in the state of Alabama, but if you are indeed national champ material, shouldn’t you take care of business at home when all of college football turns it eyes towards you for the “Game of the Century?”
Champions don’t make poor coaching decisions to give up precious field position. Champions don’t have the ball and the game taken from them. Champions don’t opt for a gimmick play when they have a warhorse in the backfield. Champions don’t send a maimed returner out to field a punt. Champions make their opponents pay for those mistakes. Champions overcome a player falling down before a wide open path to the end zone. Champions overcome two interceptions. Champions win the field position game. Champions make the right coaching decisions on the field and stick to the game plan. Champions defy the odds and the naysayers. Champions win on the road with 102,000 rooting against them and millions watching.
Yet, none of that really matters now. The BCS has made the “Game of the Century” moot. It has made the accomplishments and let downs of both teams irrelevant. What does matter is that in the end, the two best teams are meeting. It doesn’t matter that one is showing up without a conference crown. It doesn’t matter that one is showing up without a loss. In the BCS’s eyes, both teams are 0-0. Both teams are the best in the land, and #3 isn’t even close. Whether the score is 9-6, or Mike Gundy-like 39-36, two of college football’s most dominant teams EVER are about to tee off. Even people who have a problem with Bama being there, such as myself, can appreciate that.