Was it a Catch or an Interception?
The cries surrounding college football's Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship Game have echoed around the country ever since the November 5, 2011 Alabama-LSU matchup in Tuscaloosa.
Leading up-to the "Game of the Century," few would dare to bash Alabama or LSU, and even fewer could argue against the idea that either team deserved to be ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the country.
Then the darnedest thing happened.
One of the Top Two teams in the country lost to the other Top Two team, and it was epic. LSU beat Alabama in the worst possible way—the game was lost by three points in overtime by a team that never trailed in regulation and left nineteen points on the field of play.
By the end of the game, the reality was that Alabama justifiably lost their opportunity to play for a National Championship Game to the definitive No. 1 team in the country, LSU.
Regardless of the controversy and despite the grumblings after the game, Alabama lost and every other undefeated team in the country (including Boise State, and with the exception of Houston) deserved their shot to fill the No. 2 spot and meet LSU in the BCS Championship Game.
However, that ole’ lady called Fate reared her ugly head right around the college football corner to determine that there does not now exist a second undefeated team in college football (except Houston).
In order for one to objectively determine who is No. 2 and who therefore should play for college football’s 2011 National Championship, one must first make at least one assumption.
The assumption: LSU, Alabama and Oregon win the remainder of their games.
The first claim: No other one loss team beyond Alabama and Oregon deserve to be in the discussion strictly predicated on the fact that the only loss that either one of the two teams have is against the No. 1 team in the country.
Based on the assumption in the article, who should be ranked No. 2?
The second claim: Between Alabama and Oregon, the team with the most impressive loss should be ranked higher than the team with the less impressive loss.
Definition of terms: Margin of victory, game flow and the feasibility of a win the second time around makes one of the two lost games more “impressive” than the other.
Conclusion: An overtime stunner by a team that rolled itself up into a special teams nightmare and left nineteen points on the field is more impressive than a team that had a heart-a-"quack" with ten minutes left in the game and lost in a blowout fashion.
Few would argue that Ohio State and Michigan should not have had a rematch in the 2006 NCG, but the perception that Florida was outside looking in was different then than it is for a team like Oklahoma looking in the window against the other teams (Alabama and Oregon) running the table now.
The BCS National Championship Game is about the top two teams in the country duking it out for supremacy. It was difficult to argue against LSU and Alabama being in the top-two-team discussion in the beginning of the season and leading up to their November 5, 2011 match-up.
Now, it is nearly impossible to argue against them being No. 1 and No. 2 again.
Every sport has maintained a time in history where two prized champions battle it out on multiple occasions, and by the end there is no clear favorite. Such is life, and such makes great memories in the times that anomalies happen.
How can the College Football Nation not embrace the opportunity for Alabama and LSU to rematch?