This is what I love about football. The uncertainty in the outcome.
You know what else I love about football? Talking about that uncertainty and how it may become certain.
As our BCS football brains develop, we are now coming to the point of realization that the system was set up to place the two best teams in the national championship game.
In 2006, when the scuttlebutt was all about Michigan and Ohio State rematching in the BCSNC game, it was all about the timing of the lost. It was just too late in the season—the last game of the season to be exact.
In 2007, it was about UGA not winning their conference and therefore why should they be in the NC even though LSU had the same record? Unfortunately, no one was thinking about UGA playing LSU, they were thinking about them playing Ohio State.
In hindsight, maybe it should have been UGA and LSU. They were the two best teams at the end of the season and they had not faced each other previously.
Now, we are almost at the crossroads of the freight train passing in the night. If Oklahoma beats OSU, then the voters have a major choice to make. If Arkansas beats LSU, then the voters have an even bigger choice to make.
Voters and computers aside, let's talk about tradition.
Alabama is chock-full of it. And because of that, many people will hate on the Tide just as most do when teams are successful. Alabama has been there and done that more times than most every other teams. It has the bowl records, conference records, wins and national championships to prove it.
When people talk about the Tide, they sometimes think of Stallings, Bear, Wade, The Snake, Star, Namath, Ingram and many others. But the truth is they may not think of any of these people except for the Bear. And everything after that is a team.
That is what makes Alabama tradition possible. And that is what makes a chance at the BCSNC probable if the chips fall into place for a vote—this team plays.
Unlike Oklahoma and Oregon, Alabama has shone in the national championship games. Along with the aforementioned pieces falling into place and a little bit of tradition, maybe, just maybe, the Tide will get a chance to create more history.
In three weeks, we will find out who the voters and computers think are the two best teams.
In the meantime, let's just talk, talk and talk until our heads turn blue...or a playoff is implemented.
Maybe, that is what we are looking at right now.
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