If Alabama earns a berth in the national championship over Oklahoma State, every college football fan in the world should be very disappointed, and the BCS will have failed. Based on what Oklahoma State has accomplished this season, as well as a broad consideration of what a rematch entails, it is as crystal clear as the Waterford Crystal Ball that a rematch would be an egregious failure.
For starters, consider this: Mighty Alabama, "the second best team in the country," has faced a grand total of three winning teams. Of this gaudy total, two of those teams are currently in the Top 25. Oklahoma State, on the other hand, played seven winning teams, four of which are in the Top 25.
Yes, Alabama lost to No. 1 LSU, while Oklahoma State lost to now 6-6 Iowa State. But we must look beyond that. Instead of looking at what each team failed to do, let's consider what they accomplished. Plus, I've never heard of a team getting credit for losing as much as Alabama has. They are getting elevated in people's minds simply because they played LSU.
Alabama played a schedule of average difficulty and failed to win even its own division, relaxing and watching LSU and Georgia go to battle for the conference title.
Oklahoma State played a comparable schedule in terms of difficulty, dazzled with one of the best offenses in the country and a ball-hawking defense and thrashed a solid Oklahoma team to capture the conference championship. To repeat, they won the conference championship, establishing that they are the best team in their own conference.
We could argue about which conference is better all day long, but it wouldn't get us anywhere. And we will never make progress in this area if we allow two teams from the same conference to face each other a second time. This is a national championship, not the second installment of a conference matchup in which one team already established its supremacy.
Also, there is no reason to believe Oklahoma State wouldn't have a legitimate chance to beat LSU. The Cowboys have proven they have one of the best offenses in the country throughout the season.
Defensively, although the Cowboys have yielded a high amount of yards per game, they have forced more turnovers than any other team, and as OU learned Saturday night, turnovers can dictate a game.
So, there is no validity to the argument that OSU simply "couldn't handle" LSU. That's ridiculous. Not that OSU would definitely beat Alabama, but they are undoubtedly a worthy opponent.
Ultimately, until we have a playoff, we'll never know for sure how all the top teams stack up with each other. But we do know how Alabama and LSU stack up: LSU beat Alabama. What we have yet to know is how LSU and Oklahoma State compare. Both have earned a trip to New Orleans and serve as the best ambassadors of their respective conferences, two of the best in the nation.
LSU-OSU is the best BCS Championship matchup for college football, and it's what the teams, the fans and the rest of the college football world deserve.
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