Will a One-Loss Alabama Deserve a National Title Shot? A Case For Yes!
Last year, there was no question that one of the two teams in the BCS Championship Game should have been Alabama. Never before had one team played so many top 10 teams in one year and walked away unscathed.
This year, the debate will be loud and boisterous from many different schools on who deserves to be the "other" team.
Should Alabama deserve a title shot if they win out?
Let's look at the reasons why this author says yes!
Strength of Schedule
- Penn State
No other team in current consideration will have played more teams that appeared in the top 10 and top 20 than Alabama will by the season's end.
They will have played five teams that were in the top10 and one in the top 20. That's half of the total regular-season schedule in the top 20 and almost half in the top 10.
If this doesn't have great consideration in the debate, there simply is no fairness for teams that play so many quality opponents.
|2010 Alabama Crimson Tide Schedule|
|Sat, Sept 4|
|Sat, Sept 11||Rated 18th at the time|
|Sat, Sept 18|
|Sat, Sept 25||Rated 10th at the time|
|Sat, Oct 2||Rated 7th at the time|
|Sat, Oct 9||Currently rated 10th|
|Sat, Oct 16|
|Sat, Oct 23|
|Sat, Nov 6||Currently rated 9th|
|Sat, Nov 13|
|Thu, Nov 18|
|Fri, Nov 26||Currently rated 7th|
The Bye Week Gauntlet and Scheduling Fiasco
No other BCS contender had to run the kind of gauntlet that Alabama had to run. Not just in quality opponents, but in facing six ferocious SEC teams in a row after the other team had a bye week to prepare for them.
That meant that Alabama had to face six great teams that had two weeks to prepare, while the Tide had just one week to prepare—and that was after suffering a beating from a team the week before.
Mike Slive, commissioner of the SEC tried to do something about it, addressed it and called it unfair, but in the end, there was nothing he could do.
If this doesn't give some consideration to Alabama, what will?
The Big Bull's Eye On Their Back
Did any team have a bigger bull's eye on their back? If so, name them.
National champions, Mr. Heisman, the top coach in America, everyone wanted a piece of them. Everyone had that game circled in bright red on their calenders and for every team, it was a game that could make or break their season.
They bore that bull's eye well for every game but one so far, and should they run the table, that should give them more debate in the contest.
The SEC Championship Determines the National Championship
OK, for fans of schools outside the SEC, I know this is the hardest argument to swallow, but the SEC champion deserves a shot at a national championship just for getting through the toughest conference in America on top.
It hasn't been too long since people scoffed at a two-loss LSU lining up in a BCS game against Ohio State.
Northern sports writers thought the Buckeyes would have a cake walk against a team that lost two games to "inferior" talent.
LSU simply crushed Ohio State and proved that a "pretty good" SEC champion can beat the Big Ten's best almost every time in a cake walk.
This deserves some consideration as well.
The Next Team That Wants To Be Champion Must Beat a Champion To Remove Any Doubt
With all respect for Boise State, with that schedule they simply don't deserve a shot against a one-loss SEC champion. Neither does TCU.
If the first choice in the BCS matchup doesn't play a one-loss Alabama, there will always be questions asked, insinuations made and doubts that will never go away.
Like boxing, you become champion when you knock the champion down and take his title.
Beating the Team That Beat You in the Re-Match Nullifies First Loss as Accident
Should Alabama and South Carolina face off again in the SEC Championship Game, which is looking likely, would that nullify the first loss in many voters minds?
Most would say yes.
It would certainly be one last argument that, added with the previous ones, would make more than a compelling case to have Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.
And There Are the Reasons Why Alabama Should Be in the BCS Game
And there are the reasons why Alabama should be in the BCS game should they run the table the rest of the year.
If you have reasons why they shouldn't, please post them in the comment section.
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