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Just when you thought there was nothing more to hate about the BCS, we were handed this travesty.
If you hate the SEC, you're likely going to hate the next eight months, as it will be all SEC all the time. That's what is bound to happen when the BCS magically selects two SEC teams to play in the BCS National Championship Game, regardless of how many other teams might have been deserving.
On the other hand, if you're a big fan of SEC football, you're probably in heaven right now. What could be better? Two of the best teams from the best conference in the nation battling it out in a winner-takes-all national championship contest.
The only problem is that this BCS National Championship Game might turn out to be anything but conclusive.
First, this game looks pretty similar to the game we all saw on November 5. That “Game of the Century,” which turned out to me more like the “slap fight of the century,” ended up meaning nothing, if you're to believe the BCS.
The BCS taught us that conference titles mean nothing these days, and the SEC's status as the best of the best has become a self-fulfilling delusion.
Every season we start with preseason polls based on nothing more than conjecture. Because of the wonderful job done by sports information directors across Dixie, we've all been led to believe that no one can possibly challenge the SEC. It's no wonder the SEC finds itself with several teams in the preseason Top 25.
As all of these SEC Top 25 teams begin to play one another, a few will have to rise to the top of the conference, and they have to beat a few ranked teams in order to do so. Clearly, if they beat other Top 25 teams, they must be great, right?
What would happen if there was no preseason polling? What if we didn't rank teams until the first BCS rankings? Where would Alabama and Arkansas and South Carolina and Georgia have fallen then?
It's certainly clear that LSU is the best team in the nation. But what happens if the Tigers lose to Alabama tonight? Who is the best team in the nation then?
Alabama lost to LSU once already this season, and the Tide lost at home. If Alabama beats LSU, it will be on a neutral field.
LSU won the SEC championship this season. Alabama didn't even win the SEC West.
LSU played eight ranked opponents and was 8-0. Alabama played four and was 3-1.
Again assuming Alabama defeats LSU, can you really argue that Alabama's résumé is better than LSU's this season?
What if we're treated to another 9-6 sorority pillow fight of a football game?
There are plenty of reasons to hate the BCS this season, but the fact that the system got it so wrong this year is pretty shocking.