It became official Sunday night that the Alabama Crimson Tide would get their second shot at the unbeaten Tigers of LSU for the national title. If there is one thing we know about college football, it is that it is unpredictable.
If you happened to have been in Las Vegas at the beginning of this college football season and decided to take the 61 cents you had left over in change from the gift shop and place a bet that the Tide and Bayou Bengals would play a rematch for the national title, you are probably sitting on a lot more money than you expected to win when you made that bet.
A couple of weeks ago, this was not quite as far-fetched, though, as arguments of "the two best teams should play for the title" emerged.
I personally do not want to see this game, but that is an opinion, and whether or not the BCS made the best move is debatable to no end.
People who have a strong opinion can be sorted into three categories:
- Those who think the best two teams should play and settle it on the field.
- Those who think representatives in the big game should come from different leagues to see a clash of regions or conferences.
- Those who just don't want to see the rematch; they want to see someone else get a shot at the unflappable Tigers.
Personally, I fall into the third group, but that is irrelevant as each case has a point.
The Best Two Teams
The best team should win the national title, right? If that is what you believe, then a rematch is just for you as it is debatable, but in the end there are more arguments in favor of Alabama and LSU from a talent standpoint.
Each of these teams will be sending myriad players to the NFL because of how deep they are what with the kind of talent they can recruit.
Saban and Miles are the best at molding really good players into players who will win him a national title and consequently, they have the best talent to take them places. The Tide have Heisman hopeful Trent Richardson and the LSU speed on offense has been pretty damn good. This game could be a shootout or a defensive slugfest again.
Should be fun regardless of what you wanted to happen.
The Teams that Play Should Represent Different Regions/Conferences
Most teams have their rivalries within their conference or their respective areas. They hate each other to no end. But, that is what is so special about college football: you get to play them once a year for bragging rights. Then after that, during the bowl season, generally you become a fan of your conference to represent you well and show people what you had to put up with this entire year.
It is also quite fun to debate who is the best conference year in and year out and the Bowl Season is one of those times where we get to let loose on that.
Who will win the National Title? or How many BCS games will [your conference] win?
I feel the first one is a question that always sparks our interest. I can't count the amount of arguments I've had over who is a better conference.
One of the best indicators is national titles. Well that question has already been answered because of the matchup.
I agree the SEC is the best conference but why not give a shot to another team to knock the "S-E-C!" off of its throne?
The third and final category is, as mentioned, my category but I urge you to consider what you want before taking a stand on what should have happened.
"I just don't want to see a rematch"
Personally, I do like to watch the best two teams go at it for the title. But I also like to see different styles go at it.
Yes Alabama pounds it inside more with Richardson and LSU has a lot of speed outside with guys like Rueben Randle.
But, Alabama's Marquis Maze is plenty speedy (not to mention Richardson can run, too) and if you don't think Spencer Ware (and the other three top-notch running backs) of LSU don't run hard, you are sorely mistaken.
Suffice it to say, these teams are a lot more alike than you might like to believe.
LSU knows how to score and so can Oklahoma State. I would love to see the Cowboys' Brandon Weeden get into head-games with LSU safety Eric Reid. I would love to see Justin Blackmon go toe-to-toe with one of the best secondaries in all of college football. If you don't believe in the talent that is there, you are obviously not watching college football.
If you are like me, you are not quite as happy as others with how the BCS standings turned out but you can't deny we will be watching one hell of a football game on January 9th.
You also can't deny that to some this may be an exciting game but also a snoozer as we have already seen this "Game of the Century" and may have been ready to witness a different one.
In the end, it comes down to what you wanted to watch on January 9th.
Did you want to see the best teams play? Did you want representation from all over the country to see who the top-dog conference is? Or did you just want to see LSU play a great game against someone not named Alabama?