Following last Saturday’s LSU-Alabama game, we wrote that if fans want a competitive BCS title game, they should be hoping for an Tigers-Tide rematch.
As if on cue, Boise State went out and proved it couldn’t even get through its own pansy schedule, losing at home to TCU 36-35. And then Stanford followed that up with an even worse blowout loss at home to Oregon, 53-30.
Uh, yeah, those teams would have really given LSU fits.
Currently, the #2 slot in the BCS standings — the spot between undefeated LSU and once-beaten Alabama — belongs to Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are averaging 51.7 points per game this year. Wow.
But they’re allowing 26.3. Oh.
Oklahoma will knock OSU from the ranks of the unbeaten in the Bedlam game at the end of the month. At that point, there’s no telling what the computers will spit out — Oregon at #2? Oklahoma? Alabama?
The humans will most likely have the final say once again they’ll have to decide who to nudge into the title game. A few voters might have wasted their votes on Boise State in order to make an anti-BCS, pro-Cinderella statement, but the odds of them doing the same for an unbeaten Houston are slim.
So if LSU and Alabama both go undefeated the rest of the way, who would the living, breathing voters try to finagle into the title game against the Tigers:
* An Oregon team that went belly-up to LSU in Week One, 40-27 at Cowboys Stadium? A Duck program that lost to Auburn in last year’s title game?
* An Oklahoma team that lost at home to a 5-5 Texas Tech team, 41-38? A Sooner program that has lost three BCS Championship Games since 2003 and scored a total of 28 points in two title bouts with the SEC (24-14 losers to Florida in 2009, 21-14 losers to LSU in 2004)?
* Or an Alabama team that lost 9-6 in overtime at home to the Tigers? A Tide program that won the national crown in 2009 and features a coach with two national titles from two different schools on his resume? A program that’s shared a back-and-forth rivalry with LSU the past five years (in games that featured an average margin of victory of just 5.6 points)?
America may cringe. And it wouldn’t really be fair to make LSU play Alabama again after they already won in Tuscaloosa. But if all things remain equal, the Tide would have a better shot at giving the Tigers a good title game than the Ducks or Sooners would.
Current BCS Standings:
1. LSU 10-0
2. Oklahoma State 10-0
3. Alabama 9-1
4. Oregon 9-1
5. Oklahoma 8-1
6. Arkansas 9-1
7. Clemson 9-1
8. Virginia Tech 9-1
9. Stanford 9-1
10. Boise State 8-1
11. Houston 10-0
12. South Carolina 8-2
13. Kansas State 8-2
14. Georgia 8-2
15. Michigan State 8-2
24. Auburn 6-4