Saturday Night in Death Valley: LSU Tigers out to Wreak Havoc on BCS Polls
The BCS system has been called into question for many years, criticized by coaches, media members and fans. The fact of the matter is, the BCS system is still currently in place despite criticisms and will determine who is playing for the National Championship in January.
Last season drew more negative attention to the system, as a team who was unable to win its own conference made it into the BCS National Championship.
While the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the LSU Tigers to claim the national title, the chaos of the polls last season was more than noticeable.
It's only right that the November 3 match-up between the Tigers and Tide in Death Valley could lead to the first major conflict of the BCS polls this young season.
Currently, Alabama is the number one ranked team in the nation, carrying an 8-0 record into Baton Rouge, while LSU enters the game with a 7-1 record, with their one loss coming to a surprising Florida Gators team.
If the Tigers are able to beat Alabama, both teams would be left at 8-1, while remaining the favorites in the rest of their scheduled match-ups respectively.
The trouble lies therein, leaving the balance of power in the SEC up for grabs. The age-old question of the BCS, "Is a one loss SEC team more deserving of a title shot than an undefeated team from another conference such as the Pac 12 or Big 12?" will arise once again.
The polls often seem to favor teams from the SEC, as seen last season where a one-loss Alabama team got another chance against a team that had already beaten them in the same season, over other one-loss teams like Oklahoma State.
Is a one-loss SEC team more deserving of a title shot than an undefeated Oregon, Notre Dame or K-State?
If both LSU and Alabama end the season with one loss and teams including Oregon and Notre Dame remain undefeated, the conflict among voters and the polls is sure to be significant.
Does the strength of schedule for SEC teams warrant them a loss that is not afforded to teams from other conferences? That argument can definitely be made, while others can argue that undefeated is undefeated, no matter what your strength of schedule, and a team with no losses should be a shoe-in to the national title over a one-loss SEC power.
One thing's for sure. If the LSU Tigers pull out a win on Saturday night in Death Valley, they will be opening a Pandora's box in the BCS polls.
Conflict with the BCS is nothing new, and it seems as though the tradition may continue this year.
A playoff system could go a long way in getting rid of the controversy of which teams deserve a shot at the national title, but the same conflict would occur when the time came to decide which teams deserve a playoff berth.
Either way, keep an eye on this game because things could get interesting on the field as well as in the polls.
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