LSU Football: BCS Championship Puts Les Miles Back in Nick Saban's Shadows

Brett StephenAnalyst IIJanuary 10, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide stands on the stage with the team mascot 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 21-0.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Nick Saban has now become the only head coach to win three national championships in the BCS era, further pushing Les Miles and all other coaches into his shadow.

The matchup between Alabama and LSU came down to coaching, and Saban definitely out-dueled Miles.

Saban had his team fundamentally ready for the game, and they played nearly-flawless football.

Miles, on the other hand, had a quarterback that never got the offense moving and an offensive coordinator who wasn’t doing him any favors.

The Tigers consistently ran poorly-executed options that Alabama was able to string out for no gain or short losses.  They also had a passing game that was played behind the line of scrimmage the majority of the time and never amounted to anything positive.

Miles never made adjustments either in the play-calling or the personnel, and it ultimately cost LSU a national championship opportunity.

The Tiger defense was frustrated and tired due to both the lack of offensive production and Saban’s game plan of methodically moving the ball down the field with a combination of short passes and power running.

He proved that he is the top coach in the nation and that he is capable of winning when it matters.

Some people will say that the championship should be split or that Alabama should have never been in the title game, but the truth of the matter is that the two teams on the field in the BCS championship were the two best teams in the nation, and Alabama won the game.



It is disappointing for LSU fans to watch a magical season go to waste because of a bad coaching decision, but the good news is that both Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee are seniors, so the controversy that has loomed over Tiger Stadium for the past three seasons will finally be put to rest.

For now, Saban is the top coach in the nation, and Miles looks ridiculous once again.

Tiger fans will question his decision to leave Jefferson in the game for months and years to come, and Tide fans will enjoy a year of glory and supremacy until the two meet again next season in Baton Rouge.

Hopefully by that time, LSU will have an offensive unit that can move the ball more than 100 yards and save themselves the embarrassment of another beatdown.