Forget that pesky little bowl game on Jan. 9, 2012. The national champion has already been crowned and nothing that can happen in New Orleans can change that.
With a dominant 42-10 victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, LSU capped off a perfect 2011 season and secured their spot in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. As if its spot in that bowl wasn't already secure.
Now, the attention returns to the potential rematch against Alabama—this time for the title of national champion.
Wait a minute. What?
Didn't LSU already beat Alabama? Yes they did. Didn't they do it on the road in Tuscaloosa? Yes, they did.
The fact that the game went to overtime and was only decided by a field goal is irrelevant. That Alabama is potentially the only team left in America that could beat the Tigers is a moot point.
LSU has already proven it's the best team in America.
Take it back to the opening week. The Tigers met the No. 9 Oregon Ducks on neutral ground and walked away 40-27 winners. That explosive Oregon offense was no match for LSU.
In the fourth game of the season, LSU went on the road to face No. 23 West Virginia. Again, they came out 47-21 winners.
The Tigers blew their way through Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee and Auburn. The average margin of victory in those games was 39.75-to-8.75.
Then there was that trip to Tuscaloosa. It was a hard-fought football game, but the Tigers came out of hostile territory with a 9-6 victory and took down the No. 2 team in the nation. If Alabama wanted to be No. 1, they couldn't get it done.
The Tigers went on to destroy Western Kentucky and Mississippi by a combined score of 94-12.
Then there was Arkansas.The Razorbacks were ranked No. 3 in the country when LSU took on their high-octane offense.
Chalk another statement win up to the Tigers. With a 41-17 throttling, the Tigers made it clear that Arkansas didn't belong in the same discussion as LSU.
Besides Oregon, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia, both Auburn and Florida were ranked at the time LSU played them. That's seven ranked opponents in 13 games. Better than half of LSU's season has been spent taking on teams that graced the Top 25.
Can any other team in the country boast that kind of schedule? Can any of them say they went through that gauntlet and came out undefeated?
Anyone? (the sound of crickets chirping echoes through the valley of the fallen)
Throw on top of that the fact that LSU also took down the No. 2 and the No. 3 teams in the nation.
Alabama has as much of an argument as anyone for being the team to meet LSU in the BCS National Championship Game. I won't argue that point here.
However, what difference would it make if the Crimson Tide actually won that football game? Could anyone absolutely, definitively and without an ounce of bias, argue that Alabama has proven themselves to be the best team in America?
Besides, even if they did win, they could only claim to split games with the Tigers. They couldn't claim to have won the title outright.
Alabama's schedule doesn't match up to LSU's. Their record doesn't match up. They don't match up.
No matter what happens on Jan. 9, 2012, the LSU Tigers have already done more this year than any team in the country could even lie about with a straight face. They've taken down the best, time and again.
Play the game if you must, but LSU has already been crowned the national champions. They earned that title through their amazing regular season.
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