Even before the BCS bowl games were announced, many were calling the BCS National Championship Game the rematch of the century. However, there are many reasons why the LSU-Alabama rematch is bad for college football.
First, the rematch is bad for college football because of ratings. The game played earlier this year was such a disappointment to most because of the lack of offense. It went into overtime, and LSU defeated Alabama 9-6. Some college football fans will not watch this game because they wish not to be let down with a lack of scoring.
In addition, many fans will not watch the game because they would not like to see a rematch. Because of this, ratings for this national championship game could be down. High ratings are good for college football, not only for exposure but for money.
Secondly, fans want to see matchups they do not normally see. Part of the reason why we all love bowl season is to watch teams play other teams in bowl games to gain supremacy. Many fans root on their conference, even rooting for rivals within their conference to win to gain conference respect.
Because of this, we will never know if Oklahoma State would have been able to beat LSU. The rematch is not captivating to watch because both teams have played each other once before and meet each other on a consistent basis.
Third, there is little know controversy dealing with the coaches' poll. The controversy includes two coaches that voted Oklahoma State down in the rankings. The two coaches include Alabama's Nick Saban and Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel. While the motives are not proven, it would appear that Pinkel voted Oklahoma State down to the fourth position to punish the Big 12 conference because Missouri is leaving the conference. In addition, Saban voted Oklahoma State down to No. 4 in the polls, perhaps to give his team an advantage to play in the BCS National Championship Game.
While these could be the genuine opinions of the coaches, it is a conflict of interest. Because of this, the coaches' poll needs reform.
Let's not forget that this game technically does not crown a national champion, as the NCAA does not crown a Division-I FBS National Championship Game. The BCS is only tasked with pairing the top two teams in a game. In fact, we can look to 2003 to find a similar controversy. In the 2003 season, LSU defeated top-ranked Oklahoma 21-14. Because of this, LSU were crowned BCS national champion. However, the AP named the USC Trojans national champions.
This year a similar scenario could unfold. If Alabama were to beat LSU in the rematch, the AP could very well name LSU as national champions. This could happen because LSU beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama's home field. This could happen because the game is at a not-so-neutral site in New Orleans. If this were to happen, we would have a situation much like 2003 in which there is a difference between the BCS National Champion and the AP National Champion. This discrepancy is not good for college football.
At the very least, witnessing this rematch is revealing the flaws in this current system we award the national championship for Division-I football.
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