Alabama vs. LSU and the Most Boring Games in BCS Bowl History
Unless you love watching inept offenses and field-goal attempts, Monday night's BCS National Championship game was probably pretty boring to watch.
LSU never managed to get into scoring range against Alabama, and eventually lost the game 21-0.
Watching Jordan Jefferson flounder away offensively didn't make me appreciate Alabama's defense more, it made me think much less of LSU's offense.
Simply put, Monday's game was boring. But where does it rank among the most boring BCS bowl games of all time?
Let's take a look at the top five now.
5. 2007 BCS National Championship: Florida 41, Ohio State 14
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After Ted Ginn Jr. returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, this game got boring in a hurry.
Ohio State never really showed any offensive ability after that, managing only one more score in the game.
Meanwhile, Chris Leak, Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators scored early and often en route to the 41-14 win.
At least this game had one team scoring points, though.
But when it comes to national championships, I prefer closer games.
4. 2005 Fiesta Bowl: Utah 35, Pitt 7
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Alex Smith and the Utah offense proved to be too much for Pitt in this game, while the Utah defense did their part to stop the Panthers offense from gaining any momentum.
Unless you like watching superior teams beat up on lesser opponents, this game was pretty boring.
The Big East just doesn't provide very many interesting BCS bowls unless they are playing the ACC Champions.
3. 2001 Orange Bowl: Oklahoma 13, Florida State 2
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Through the first three quarters of this game, the score was 6-0, with Oklahoma managing only two field goals.
The fourth quarter was only slightly more exciting, with a touchdown run by Oklahoma and a safety from Florida State.
The Seminoles offense was completely overmatched in this game, and it was embarrassing to watch.
At least the 6-0 lead going into the fourth quarter didn't feel as insurmountable as Alabama's 15-0 lead on Monday night.
2. 2008 Rose Bowl: USC 49, Illinois 17
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USC set Rose Bowl records for most points scored and most total yards against a clearly overmatched Illinois team.
John David Booty, the worst USC quarterback in recent memory, looked like a Heisman Trophy winner against the Illini, throwing for three touchdowns and earning game MVP honors.
Illinois was down 21-0 early in this game, making it lose any chance it had of being interesting.
1. 2012 BCS National Championship: Alabama 21, LSU 0
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Don't tell me this team featured two great defenses.
I know it did, but the offensive ineptitude displayed by both teams made this game the hardest BCS game to watch.
LSU didn't even cross midfield until late in the fourth quarter, and Alabama's Jeremy Shelley was 5-of-7 on field goals and missed an extra point.
It was an ugly game by every account and was incredibly boring.
If I have to watch another game where every running play gains two yards and teams decide to throw for negative-two yards on every first down, I might cry.
This game didn't feature great defense, it featured putrid offense.