The decisive victory over the Auburn Tigers in Jordan-Hare is exactly what the voters needed in order to set up the rematch between Alabama and LSU. There are no naysayers left with an argument against a rematch. A 42-14 score says enough to stifle any objection. Oklahoma State, puhleeze! Not a chance.
And the decisive victory LSU had over the Arkansas Razorbacks shut the door on a three-way tie.
Nick Saban said it best, every time when asked about the rematch, following the Auburn victory. "I would be excited for our team if they got the opportunity to play for the national championship. I think they deserve it, they worked hard and made a tremendous commitment."
And Saban went on to say, concerning the first game against LSU, "we didn't do the things we needed to do to win that game, against a very good team, so if we get another opportunity to play, for the championship, I would be very, very pleased and happy for the University of Alabama, all of our players and the organization."
Sure, some say that if LSU falters against the Georgia Bulldogs, the chance of a rematch is diminished once again, but the fact is, there won't be a letdown against Georgia.
Georgia has improved since the beginning of the season, but it has accumulated the 7-1 SEC record against the weakest competition in the league. UGA head coach Mark Richt must be commended for rallying his team to finish, but now they're finished. LSU may win by a point or by 40 points, but the Tigers will win.
The one outcome that hasn't been talked about too much is the possibility that the title may still be shared, in the end. That's right, there may be a split decision.
Three outcomes are possible. The first would be a second victory by the Bengal Tigers. That result would allow for an undisputed champion. The second would be a decisive victory by the Crimson Tide. Decisive would be by a margin of victory of 10 points or greater.
If the Crimson Tide win, but the outcome is by a very close score, expect a split decision. It will be a shared title, and as the Bear would say, "like kissing your sister." And who wants that? Well, maybe a few LSU fans, but certainly no one else.
LSU, keep your players out of the bars and away from the weed. We want you at your best and ready to rock. There is plenty of time for both teams to prepare. There will be no excuses for a loss. The better team will win.
Despite what some have tried to argue this season, the BCS formula has worked. In 2011, the two best teams will slug it out for the honor of being crowned national champion. Let's get ready to rumble.