The idea of Alabama's football program playing for a national title irked a large population of analysts and fans when the BCS bowl schedule was released after the regular season ended.
They claimed Alabama had had its chance during a 9-6 overtime loss to then-No. 1 LSU back in early November. They said an all-SEC title game—and a rematch, no less—would be a BCS buzz kill.
But what was really on the line back then? An undefeated season and No. 1 ranking to be sure, but it didn't go beyond that.
Alabama erased all doubt Monday night with a decisive 21-0 BCS title win over the previously unbeaten LSU Tigers. The Crimson Tide's defense stepped up in a huge way, allowing only 91 total yards of offense.
LSU made it past midfield just once the entire game and punted nine times.
Alabama doubters should be convinced by now that Alabama deserved to be in the championship game. The other teams up for consideration to face LSU simply had too many question marks to ignore.
Oklahoma State had an unforgivable loss to the 6-6 Iowa State Cyclones. Stanford lost big to Oregon, who in turn lost to both LSU and USC.
No matter what arguments can be made in favor of those teams, Alabama's championship victory was too dominant for anyone to still believe the Tide were the wrong choice to face LSU.
I was 4-1 in my BCS beer battle predictions from a few weeks ago. I don't know what happened to Clemson in the Orange Bowl, but I certainly didn't want to doubt a highly capable Crimson Tide team that was thirsty for revenge.