Why the LSU-Alabama Rematch Was a Bad Thing for College Football

Dr. SECAnalyst IIJanuary 10, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide shakes hands with head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers afterthe 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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The BCS championship game has come and gone but yet for non-Alabama college football fans, there is a void that remains. At the end of the season the bulk of college fans sit around the TV to cheer or jeer the team they like or hate the most.

However, this season that was not the case. Instead of watching the game, most fans simply ignored it.  The TV ratings came out today and the results were not good. The ratings were the lowest for a national championship in the 14-year history of the BCS.

In a time that the sport should be growing by leaps in bounds, fans simply said no thanks—we’ve been there done that and didn’t enjoy the first one that much.

The ratings for the game were 13.8. To put that in perspective, the first game between LSU and Alabama drew a 11.5. That’s right. The national championship game could only draw 2.3 higher rating.

Simply put—the fans felt gypped and the ratings show it.

However, this epic failure by the BCS and its voters goes deeper than bad TV ratings. The season is over and we still do not have a true national champion.

Yes, Alabama was clearly the better team in the championship game but the series is now tied 1-1. Where is game 3 going to be played?

For that matter, Oklahoma State could have probably beaten LSU last night the way they played. That is not to take anything from Alabama, but let’s be honest. Jordan Jefferson was throwing underhand passes right to the Tide’s linebackers while his players back had been turned for several yards.

Had LSU and Oklahoma State played last night, we would have a legit national champion. Had LSU won they would have been undefeated. Had Oklahoma State won they would have beat the team that beat Alabama.

Now instead we are left with another championship with the legitimacy of Kim Kardashian’s bust size.  Yeah, they are a certain size but they’re not real. Just like this year's national championship.

This game has also opened up the door for the media to manipulate the system however they choose. Want to be a national champion? You don’t need to win your conference. Been defeated by the No.1 team in the nation? We can put you in the Mulligan Bowl.

In the end, Alabama has split the series with LSU and beaten two teams who finished in the top 25. They didn’t win their conference but yet they are called national champions. Wonder why no one was watching?

I don’t mean for this article to take anything away from what Alabama accomplished last night, but let’s be honest, this system is a mess that just got a lot messier.

Keep it up College football and you'll turn more fans away.