2012 BCS National Championship: If Alabama Beats LSU, Are They National Champs?

Matthew Stone@@mattstone13Contributor IIJanuary 6, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 05:  The LSU Tigers against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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In the AP poll before the bowls started, here were your Top 10:

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma State
4. Stanford
5. Oregon
6. Arkansas
7. Boise State
8. Kansas State
9. South Carolina
10. Wisconsin

Now Stanford and Wisconsin lost their bowl games, so they are eliminated.

If Alabama beats LSU by a small margin, then it's hard to see anyone but Alabama on top of the AP poll. If Alabama narrowly beats LSU then all hell breaks lose. Who would be your champion?.

My belief is that the game being played on Jan. 9 is for the national championship. Everyone knows that this is the championship game, and the winner is the champion. Did the New England Patriots care that the New York Giants had lost six games during the regular season?

The AP may find a way to have a split championship between LSU and Alabama, but in my mind the winner of this game is the champion.

Wouldn't this all be easier if the the top eight teams from the BCS played an NFL-style playoff with home field in every matchup until the national championship? Get it right already.