LSU vs. Alabama: Why AP Voters Must Vote for the Winner to Be National Champion

Jeremy HillmanContributor IJanuary 6, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 05:  Nico Johnson #35 of the Alabama Crimson Tide tackles Michael Ford #42 of the LSU Tigers during the second half of the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Like everyone else, I have been reading where some AP voters are saying that if Alabama wins the BCS National Championship Game they may still vote for LSU as the national champion.

I am not surprised at questionable decisions by AP voters, as I watch the weekly polls and know the kind of decisions that group tends to make.

Let us all remember that 36 of these voters had Oklahoma No. 1 in the nation this preseason.

That being said, I now want to address the AP voting community on their most recent delusion.

Some of you support the current BCS, and some of you support a playoff system.

In either system, the winner of the upcoming Alabama versus LSU national championship game should be the clear winner of the national title.

If you favor playoffs, which some of the loudest critics of this game openly support, you are a hypocrite to say Bama shouldn't win the title if they win the championship game.

In a playoff, regardless of who you lost to in the regular season, the winner of the final game wins it all

If you favor the current system then you support the current system, and the system is set up for the winner of the BCS title game to be named national champion.

There is nothing out there that says "unless you lost a game in the regular season" or "unless this same team beat you before."

If the BCS calculations send you to the big game, all you have to do is win to receive the crystal trophy.

I any system in any sport, voting for the loser of Monday night's game as the national champion makes zero sense.

In the NFL, if Pittsburgh beats Baltimore and moves on to be the Super Bowl champion, are you telling me because Baltimore beat them in the regular season that Baltimore deserves a share of the title?

Of course not.

In college basketball, if Indiana, who beat Michigan last night, were to find themselves in the NCAA Championship Game against the Wolverines in March and lose, they should be able to share the title with Michigan?

Of course not.

The same thing holds true in college football. With whatever system is in place, the BCS or a playoff, the winner of the final game is the winner.

That's the way it has always been in every sport in the world. That is the way it should be.

Stop trying to garner readership and push agendas and do the right thing as a voter.

They call it a championship game for a reason. the winner wins a...championship. Period.