Oregon or Alabama Playing in the Title Game Would Prove the System Is Broken

Daniel BarnesCorrespondent IIINovember 19, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 12:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers celebrates after defeating the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 42-9 at Tiger Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma State just lost to Iowa State, leaving only two undefeated teams in the country: LSU (who will be one of the National Championship teams) and Houston (who have no chance).

Now that No. 2 (formerly) Oklahoma State has lost, who will be the new No. 2 team? Well, the next two teams in the rankings are Alabama and Oregon. While both are great teams with only one loss, they have one more thing in common: both already lost to LSU.

Now if you want to play the numbers game, then by definition, these two are the best one-loss teams, since both have only one loss to the No. 1 team in the country. However, it will be bad for college football if they meet LSU for a rematch.

Alabama had the benefit of playing LSU in Tuscaloosa when both were undefeated and coming off a bye week. Everyone picked Alabama to win,  but LSU went down and beat them in overtime.

Oregon played LSU as their season opener in a neutral site and lost handily, but hasn't lost since.

In all likelihood, one of these teams (most likely Alabama) will be the new No. 2 in the BCS next week, and unless one of them drops a game by then, they may meet LSU again in the championship.

This situation is all too familiar to an SEC fan. In 2006, the No. 1 team in the country was Ohio State, who was undefeated. The No. 2 was Michigan, in the same division.

Ohio State hosted Michigan and beat them, sparking a controversy about whether or not the BCS would still rank Michigan ahead of one-loss Florida, making the BCS Championship a rematch.

I wanted Florida to be ranked ahead because, as an SEC fan, I would have felt ripped off if the best team from my conference was denied a shot at the No. 1 team in the country so that the BCS could host a rematch.

Luckily, Florida was ranked higher than Michigan by a narrow margin and they went on to rip Ohio State to shreds in the National Championship. The SEC has won every National Championship game since then.

I didn't want a rematch then because I'm an SEC fan and because it isn't fair. I remember what it was like when the SEC got cheated out of a title run in 2004 and when it was nearly done again in 2006.

Then, the SEC was on the outside looking in. Now that the SEC is the conference that gets the benefit if a doubt every year, we ought to remember what it's like and demand that Alabama play in the Sugar Bowl.

As for Oregon, they're in a similar situation. They aren't in the same conference as LSU, but they did already have their shot at them. Another one-loss team would be more deserving.

Houston is still undefeated, but they've played no one. They also barely won against Pac-12 doormat UCLA and 6-4 WAC team Louisiana Tech. Even if they win out, the best they deserve is an at-large bid.

So, who deserves a chance at the Tigers? If you ask me, it's Clemson.

This is, of course, assuming that Clemson wins out. If Clemson wins the ACC, they will boast wins over five ranked teams. That's a tough schedule.

They will also have the luxury of winning a conference championship, something Oklahoma and Oklahoma State won't be able to say. A 12-1 record is always superior to 11-1 if you ask me.

Of course, if Oklahoma State beats Oklahoma, then their only loss was in double-overtime while their school was in the midst of a tragedy. That's not a terrible loss to have.

However, I'll be able to live with anyone who hasn't played LSU already getting a shot. Oregon and Alabama already had their chance and they blew it. Alabama won't even play in their conference title game, so they're even less deserving than Oregon.

Do the fans right, BCS. Prevent a rematch. For the good of college football, do something to prevent the ACC or Big 12 from being ripped off.

Or just give us a playoff. Either way.