Ever since the BCS was created way back in the late 1990s, the college football world has had their own little version of the Super Bowl.
While it may not attract the hundreds of millions of world-wide viewers, or be treated like a national holiday here in the U.S. like the Super Bowl, it's the greatest thing to happen to college football—so far (we'll leave our pining for a playoff for a different day).
This season, the top two teams at the end of the season won't be a whole lot different from what they are now, or were a few weeks ago.
LSU simply looks like a top-to-bottom complete team. While Tigers fans will be all too happy to tell you about which players they consider superstars, from a national standpoint that's simply not true.
There really isn't a realistic Heisman contender on the team. While there may be a few standouts, they're definitely made better by those around them. Should that detract from LSU at all? Absolutely not. In fact, it probably makes their case all the stronger.
LSU isn't a team pulled along by a Cam Newton or Tim Tebow. They're a team that wins as a whole or loses as a whole—and this season, there won't be a whole lot of losing for LSU.
Oklahoma started the 2011 season as the No. 1 team in the land in most polls, but were supplanted by LSU a few weeks back. While that may annoy some Sooners, at the end of the season it doesn't really matter if you're No. 1 or No. 2, as long as you're in that top two.
OU will certainly be in the top two, capturing the Big 12 title after snaking past a very good Oklahoma State squad. Unlike LSU, OU does have some individual standouts and a bona fide Heisman contender in quarterback Landry Jones.
At the beginning of the season, Oklahoma looked to be the “chosen ones,” and no one could envision a BCS title game without the Sooners. That may still be the case, but for some reason the focus has shifted to LSU. If anything, that will only make OU all the hungrier for that elusive BCS Championship.