BCS National Championship Game: Why LSU-Alabama Rematch Must Be Boycotted
The voters and computers have decided earlier tonight that instead of creating a matchup with the two best teams in the country, they would much rather put two teams who have already faced each other on the football field.
This will be the first time that two teams from the same conference, let alone the same division in the same conference, will face each other in the BCS National Championship Game.
Yes, LSU and Alabama will be facing off. Again. When they did earlier this year, LSU won 9-6. As a result, are they not already the best team in the country? Well, that's the first problem with this game.
If LSU wins, then the game was a waste of time. We already knew they could beat Alabama, and the game shows us nothing. If Alabama wins, however, then there's no way of knowing who the best team is, since Alabama and LSU both lost against each other.
The fact of the matter is that Alabama is not deserving of a rematch, as much as the rabid Alabama fans are certain they have the best team. Why is that?
To start, you can look at Alabama's schedule: Kent State, North Texas, Georgia Southern, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt. There's five cupcake games right there. For a team that always argues that they have a tough schedule every year, that looks awfully easy.
Who should be facing LSU in the title game? Oklahoma State, obviously: Louisiana-Lafayette, Arizona, Tulsa, Kansas, Texas Tech. They had five easy games too. That gives them seven tough outings to Alabama's six though, refusing the point SEC teams love to make.
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In fact, with the exception of the team that they lost against (and since most years the SEC argues that it's who you beat, so I'm considering it irrelevant), every statistic favors Oklahoma State.
Against FBS schools with a winning record, Oklahoma State went 7-0 while Alabama went 3-1. If we count just matchups on the road, the Cowboys still win, three to one.
Against FBS teams that ended with at least eight wins, Oklahoma State wins over Alabama there as well. As for wins against teams with a sub-.500 record, well, Alabama finally wins one of these, I'll give them that.
Last, but not least, Oklahoma State beats Alabama in the most important thing. They won their conference, and Alabama did not. They didn't even win their division.
Think about it this way from an NFL perspective. Would you want to see a Packers-Lions Super Bowl, or a Patriots-Jets Super Bowl? Of course not, as these teams play each other already twice during the regular season.
Of course, that's where the NFL comparisons end, since aside from that part you really can't compare the two scenarios.
Having said all that, that's not why I am annoyed at the rematch taking place. The reason it's embarrassing to see is because at the end of the day, the game is not going to be interesting. We already saw what happens when these two teams take the field.
With Oklahoma State, the game could be a blowout either way, an offensive shootout or a defensive struggle. However, we have no way of knowing what could have been because of the travesty that just took place.
The BCS won't change itself though, as we all know that every year there are people that have problems with it. I wanted Auburn in the 2004 BCS Championship game, to provide one example. That being said, I do not believe I've seen outrage to this extent, and we can put a stop to it.
I'm calling for a boycott of the game. I'm calling for it not because the game will be boring, or that the wrong team was picked, or even anything I mentioned.
Simply put, if everyone really wants a college football playoff, and if everyone wants a real championship year in and year out, then this is the way to do it. The Championship has to be hit where it hurts most: where the money is.
Ironically enough, a plus-one playoff system fits ideally into this year. LSU-Stanford and Oklahoma State-Alabama could have been played, with the winners facing each other in the Championship Game.
At least if Alabama and LSU won in that case I would at least acknowledge the game as pitting the two best teams.
Obviously, Alabama fans will watch the game, as will LSU fans. For the rest of us, there are better games to watch, there are better teams to root for and better ways to spend our time during bowl season.
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