LSU vs Alabama Rematch: The System Is Flawed, but Alabama Shouldn't Be Punished

Damon YoungCorrespondent IIDecember 1, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 05:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is stopped by Kevin Minter #46 of the LSU Tigers during the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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I truly feel sorry for the poor saps out there wishing for anything but an LSU vs. Alabama rematch for the national title game.

The next month is going to be very long for you.

Outside of some lopsided Oklahoma State win over Oklahoma, coupled with wide-scale voter revolt, we're going to get the rematch of the century.

I'm fine with this game.

I was also fine with thinking Alabama was out of the national championship picture after their loss to LSU on November 5th. The Crimson Tide had their shot, and they had it at home. If the season had played out the way it should have on paper, then the Tide was out. Lots of luck, Tide fans, and enjoy the Sugar Bowl.

Of course, it did not and everything Alabama needed to have happen, happened.

Why should they be punished?

They shouldn't be, and especially shouldn't be for some of the dumbest arbitrary arguments that talking heads and SEC-fatigued fans have been rattling about.

Alabama isn't going to be a conference champion, heck they won't even have won their division!

So what? There's nothing in the BCS that requires a team to do either.

Maybe the SEC should adopt some ludicrous championship game scenario like the MLS, where a team can geographically represent the wrong division or conference for the title.

Sticking with the soccer theme, the BCS could institute an aggregate system for special cases, and after Alabama and LSU play a second time, we can add the scores up and the team with the most points is the national champion?

Why not? It makes about as much sense as the ludicrous arguments against a rematch.

Perhaps you are sick and tired of seeing the SEC win the national title. Again, sorry, but get better, everyone else. At least this time the SEC will lose the national championship game, right?

The worst excuse is from people who just didn't like the game on November 5th. They found it boring. When two teams are as good and evenly matched as Alabama and LSU, you get a very close game where nothing is easy, especially when both teams sport a talented defense.

Look, it's simple; if Oklahoma State wanted to be in a better position to play for the crystal football, then they shouldn't have lost to a team they were favored to beat by four touchdowns.

If you're Stanford, don't lose by three touchdowns at home.

Let's just say that Alabama plays LSU in New Orleans and wins.

I don't have a problem with a split national title, with LSU winning the AP and the Crimson Tide taking the BCS. It may be unsatisfactory, but that may be the only thing we can do.

The fact of the matter is that the BCS is only concerned about one thing, and that is pitting the best two teams in the nation against one another for all the marbles.

Those two teams, without question and without debate, are Alabama and LSU.