LSU vs. Alabama: 4 Reasons Loser Is Still No. 2 Team in Country
The BCS rankings will become extremely misleading after this weekend. The game between the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide cannot end in a tie, and that means someone will pass the loser in the standings.
Does this mean the loser is no longer the second best team in the country?
The Oklahoma State Cowboys, Stanford Cardinal and Boise State Broncos are all exceptional football teams, but they are not on the level of the SEC powerhouses. The SEC has proven itself the best conference in college football time and time again.
Let's look at four reasons the loser of the showdown in Tuscaloosa is still the second-best team in the country.
Defense wins championships. That cliche has certainly worn out its welcome with sports fans, but in this case, it certainly rings true.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are giving up the fewest points per game in the nation at just 6.9 points.
Who gives up the second-fewest points? The LSU Tigers at 11.5 points.
Each team has a prolific offense, but their defenses are why they are the best teams in the country.
Each unit deserve a chance at the national title.
3. Both Teams Are Better Than Oklahoma State and Stanford
Regardless of who loses, they are still better than the No. 3 and No. 4-ranked teams.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys could work their way into the No. 2 position later in the season by beating Oklahoma, but after this week and a potential win over the Kansas State Wildcats, they will not have done enough to deserve the second spot in the BCS.
Likewise, the Stanford Cardinal had an impressive win over the USC Trojans, but they have not beaten anybody else.
The Cardinal are a good team, and Andrew Luck is worthy of all the praise he receives. If Stanford beats the Oregon Ducks later in the season, then perhaps they will have a more legitimate claim for the No. 2 ranking.
2. They Play in the SEC
The SEC is the best division in college football. It has earned that distinction after winning five consecutive BCS National Championships with four different teams.
An undefeated conference record at this point is commendable, and each team has remaining games with ranked SEC opponents.
The LSU Tigers have already beat ranked teams in the Auburn Tigers, Florida Gators and Mississippi State Bulldogs. They have also defeated ranked non-SEC teams in the Oregon Ducks and West Virginia Mountaineers.
Alabama has been busy too. The Crimson Tide have won against ranked conference opponents in Arkansas and Florida. They also beat a ranked non-SEC opponent in the Penn State Nittany Lions.
1. They Make for the Most Intriguing National Title Matchup
LSU versus Alabama is, quite simply, the best matchup college football could create this season.
No. 1 and No. 2 have played before: the 2006 meeting between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines comes to mind immediately.
What would happen if the two best teams in the country actually got a chance to have a rematch? We have yet to see it in the BCS, and this year may provide the perfect opportunity.
The loser of this game is only a loser because games can't end in ties.
To see these two teams meet up again at the end of the season at the Superdome would be a college football fan's dream come true.