LSU vs. Alabama: Is There Any Chance This Ends in a Three-Way Title Tie?

Johnathan CaceCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  The Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrate around Colton Chelf #83 (C) after believing he scored the game winning touchdown in overtime against the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 2, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. Chelf was downed on the one yard line and play resumed. The Cowboys defeated the Cardinal 41-38 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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LSU and Alabama will face off in a rematch of the November 5th “Game of the Century” for the national title, and it has a lot of fans and voters irked.

According to some AP voters, the outcome of the 2012 BCS Championship won’t even factor into their decision. Others have said that Alabama will have to thoroughly dominate LSU in order to win over their votes, while others said they would even consider giving current No. 3 and Fiesta Bowl winner Oklahoma State a vote in the top spot should the Tide beat the Tigers.

The last time there was a split national championship was in 2003 when LSU and USC did it. Could there be a split not only between Alabama and LSU but also with Oklahoma State?

Absolutely not.

If the Tide edge out a close victory on Monday, it would not be surprising to see a split national championship, but Oklahoma State will have no part in that tie.

Anybody who watched the Fiesta Bowl knows that Stanford could and should have won that game, with kicker Jordan Williamson missing three field goals on the day, including one as time expired that would have won the game outright in regulation.

By in large, getting the win or loss is the only thing that matters to voters—just look at the Sugar Bowl and how Virginia Tech dominated Michigan but failed to win the game. But when it comes to splitting the national championship three ways in the BCS era, the Cowboys would have had to absolutely dominate the Cardinal in order to even be considered the best team in the country.

While voters can do wacky things, picking the national champion is something that everyone takes very seriously. Based on the way things shook out in the Fiesta Bowl, I would be shocked if a single voter put Oklahoma State first on his or her ballot.