College Football Needs Alabama to Beat LSU to Help Crush BCS, Bring on Playoffs

Andrew Pregler@ACPreglerContributor IIIJanuary 3, 2012

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Linebacker Rolando McClain #25 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the BCS Championship trophy after winning the Citi BCS National Championship game over the Texas Longhorns at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California. The Crimson Tide defeated the Longhorns 37-21.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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This is not the first time that the BCS has been called into question this season in regards to the national championship game.

If the president was not so busy with international crises or economic perils within the US, he could have very well ended the BCS a while ago

Heck, there is even a Wikipedia page dedicated to the controversies surrounding the BCS. 

That being said, there is a very good chance that this year, with all of the BCS chaos outside of the No. 1 team, an Alabama Crimson Tide win could spell the end of the BCS system once and for all. 

Under the current BCS format, if Alabama defeats LSU in the national championship game, even though LSU was No. 1 for most of the season and already defeated Alabama, the Crimson Tide would be national champions.

There would a good number of people who agreed that the Tide had earned the right to be called champions as they won the game that mattered and only dropped one game all season. 

Meanwhile, there would be just as many people claiming that LSU should be the national champion as the Bayou Bengals had already defeated Alabama on the road, defeated superior opponents all season, and even defeated common opponents by a much wider margin. 

Already, it is looking like the national title could be split if Alabama wins the title, meaning another co-championship for LSU. 

At this point, if LSU did not raise the question of a plus-one or playoff, someone else should. The ridiculousness of the BCS is that it was intended to end controversy, not create it.

Before the BCS, teams would play in a bowl game and voters would determine the No. 1 team after all the dust settles.

The exact same debate that came at the end of seasons long ago now continues at the end of the regular season, through bowl season, and into the postseason. 

These were the days before college football was a huge source of revenue for campuses across the country, from Boise to Tuscaloosa.

Teams that play in tough conferences are at the mercy of ESPN to hype up national attention or be victim to their narrow victories and loses.

Teams in weak conferences play spread football in order to get the highlights and votes of coaches and media members expected to watch at least 10 different games before the polls come out on Sunday. 

"Just Win Baby" means nothing as teams with national pedigrees and high meaningless preseason rankings can schedule enough bottom-feeders to maintain their ranking while teams such as Boise must join weak conferences like the Big East in order to ensure national recognition and a chance at a BCS invite. 

And LSU, the team that defied this system and schedule across the country elite in order to gain a No. 1 ranking could lose it all if they lose one game at the end of the season against a divisional foe who knows them better than anyone else.

Some would call this a worthy opponent even with the loss notwithstanding, others would want another team to get their chance against the No. 1 team.

A top 10 ranking does not even ensure a BCS bid as Arkansas and Houston miss out on millions because a system won't let them play a bowl game designed for teams of their high ranking. 

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 4:  Louisiana State University Tigers marching band, the Golden Band from Tigerland, performs during an intermission in National Championship Nokia Sugar Bowl game against the University of Oklahoma Sooners at the Louisiana Superdome
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In a playoff system that incorporates all of the BCS bowls as the playoff games, the top eight teams would be seeded against each other and former bowl giants such as the Holliday Bowl and Cotton Bowl could be thrown into the BCS bowl mix to come up with the necessary six playoff games. 

The BCS bowls could still rotate with the national championship game and it could be played the week between the NFL conference championships and the Super Bowl, instead of the sorry excuse of a football game known as the Pro Bowl. 

For those arguing that this extends the season too much, apparently 30 some odd bowls that award mediocrity do not already.

For those who say that these student athletes would miss too much class, they practice year round already and anyone who says that "student-athletes" or "amateurs" should not be allowed this much exposure has been living under a rock.

They are treated like rock stars in the media and on campuses. Ignorance only furthers NCAA violations, which will not stop if this money-making culture continues to exist.

Overall, while LSU and Alabama may be a classic game and LSU may have done everything necessary to win a title so far, Alabama needs to win the national championship game in order to ensure that the BCS is destroyed and forgotten for the rest of time. 


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