The LSU Tigers display their newly earned SEC Championship trophy. They'll face Alabama Jan. 9 in the BCS Championship Game in New Orleans.
Game face on. The Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game is set. The No. 1 team will play the No. 2 team. That’s the way it's supposed to be, right?
Hey, then why are the complaints cast in airwaves spreading grumbles that are so profound they’ve got sportscasters talking over each other?
Why has the announcement of a rematch between these two powerhouse teams—LSU and Alabama—caused such a stir? The BCS has done its job.
Contrary to many, someone at the BCS forgot to write in the clause about what to do when the two best teams in the country happen to be from the same conference? Too bad, say the coaches of both teams.
If LSU is going to play its Western Division Conference opponent, Alabama, why wasn’t that addressed somewhere in the laws of the BCS? Looks like an “oops” to me.
But let’s see what the BCS has to say about the system people love to hate. Let's take it word-for-word straight from its mission statement:
“The BCS is a five-game showcase of college football. It is designed to ensure that the two top-rated teams in the country meet in the national championship game, and to create exciting and competitive matchups among eight other highly regarded teams in four other bowl games.
"It has been undeniably successful in achieving those goals. Thanks to the BCS, the top two teams have played each other 12 times in 12 years by BCS measurements and nine times in the last 12 according to the AP poll—including the last six years in a row."
With that said, it’s all worked out the way it should have, according to the BCS. The BCS has designed this system to place the top two teams in the country in the national championship game. And indeed, they are!
Alabama and LSU own the two best defenses in the country. The No. 2 team in the country lost only to the No. 1 team in the country, nothing to argue with there. According to one of the two best coaches of the two best teams in the country, “The system is the system. It is what it is. This is the system: No. 1 plays No. 2.”
Let the games begin. Jan. 9, 2012. New Orleans. No. 1 plays No. 2: LSU versus Alabama. And that’s just the way it is, according to the system college football has adopted.