Indecision 2012: Which Team Deserve the AP Poll's Coveted No. 1 Spot?

Jeremy TurnerSenior Analyst IJanuary 10, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:   AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Alabama  won the game by a score of 22-0.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Well, the "Game of the Century: Part II" is over. Alabama won in decisive fashion against the same LSU team that beat it 9-6 in OT on Nov. 5th.

Let the postgame trash talk begin. We know that Alabama did not win its conference, and if this was a perfect world, it would have been Oklahoma State and LSU in the National Championship game instead of Alabama.

But let's face facts: The BCS is flawed. Unless any of us have the right influence and power to change things, we can argue and complain all we want, but we will still be subject to the whims and decisions of the mighty BCS.

So, we turn to the next thing that is on everyone's mind: Who will be No. 1 in the AP Poll? Well, let's look at the three teams that will most likely be on everyone's mind.


First up, the BCS Champions: Alabama.

What can you say? Alabama lost to LSU 9-6 in OT on Nov. 5th in Tuscaloosa to LSU. The Tide continued to fight, continued to win and found itself in the BCS National Championship game, where it redeemed its loss by dominating LSU in a fashion not seen in any BCS game. A 21-0 victory showed the nation that perhaps the loss in Tuscaloosa should be reconsidered.

I think Alabama is going to be the frontrunner for the coveted No. 1 spot.


Next up, the SEC Champions: LSU.

LSU ran the table during the regular season. The Tigers finished 13-0, won the SEC and beat everyone on its schedule, rightfully earning its spot in the National Championship game. But, as we saw, LSU did not take its well-earned place on the podium tonight.

Instead, LSU walked out of the stadium, not only scoring zero points but gaining just 92 total yards of offense and only getting past the 50-yard line once.

After tonight, I will find it very improbable that anyone will give the Tigers enough votes to keep them at No. 1.


And last, but not least, the BIG XII Champions: Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma State showed it was a team to be reckoned with. The Cowboys went through most of the season undefeated until an ill-fated night against Iowa State. Following a tragic plane crash, in which Oklahoma State's women's basketball head coach and an assistant died in a plane crash, the Cowboys lost to a mediocre Iowa State team, which seemed to break its hope for the National Championship game.

But OSU continued to dominate, winning the BIG 12 Championship. While the computers seemed to favor OSU, it was still just barely beaten out by Alabama to play in the National Championship game.

OSU went on to the Fiesta Bowl, where the Cowboys proved to everyone they were there to win. They even seemed to give the voters a good question as to what might have happened if OSU had been in New Orleans instead of Arizona.

OSU made a strong case for itself by beating Stanford, but with Alabama's shutout of LSU in New Orleans, the voters are going to be split.