BCS Rankings: Why BCS Got It Right Having LSU and Alabama Finish 1 & 2

T.J. McaloonContributorJanuary 11, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  The final scoreboard is seen after the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Coming into the BCS National Championship game there was an uprising against the final BCS Standings that saw a rematch between LSU and Alabama. However, what we saw last Monday was that the BCS rankings got it right, as the two best teams in college football played for the national title. 

You can make the argument that No. 3 Oklahoma State could have made a great game against LSU. However, you would have been right if No. 2 Alabama lost to LSU on Monday night. 

Instead, Alabama dominated the No. 1 team in the country in every aspect of the game. 

Their defense suffocated an LSU offense, that before the game averaged 354 yards per game, to only 92. They held a great LSU rushing offense that averaged 202 yards to only 39. 

It’s safe to say that if Alabama would have gone up against a great passing attack, like Oklahoma State or Stanford, they would have been able to hold those offenses to poor performances. 

After their championship victory, offensive lineman Barrett Jones was glad that he only had to go up against this Alabama defense in practice saying, “That defense is as good as any defense I've ever seen. They rush the passer, they have awesome linebackers and they're great in coverage. They really don't have any weaknesses. They have to be as good as any defense ever.”

Alabama rode this team to its second BCS National Championship in the last three years, with a quarterback that managed the game, a dominant running back and a suffocating defense. That formula proved that they were the best team in college football this year. 

Sometimes the BCS does not get it right when they come out with its rankings. However, this year, the formula worked perfectly, and we got the two best teams in the country playing for the national title.