MrSEC.com asked several media members from across the SEC for their take on the following question: If you had to pick an SEC champion now, would you pick Alabama, LSU, or The Field?
Alabama Gets LSU This Time
It’s late September but we’re already thinking of early November, November 5th to be precise. That’s the day that Alabama hosts LSU to see which team gets to be the favorite in the BCS championship game.
I think Bama survives the Tigers in their regular season meeting but will they defeat LSU the second time around? Confused? Don’t be because if the Tide wins on their home field in a close game they may have Les Miles and company waiting for them in the National Title Game. To make matters worse, The Crimson Tide would have to beat LSU again, this time in New Orleans.
Rematches are not popular. Critics of this position will point to Ohio State and Michigan not getting a rematch a few years back but that was the Big Ten and this is the SEC. The rules are different when you win the National Title five years in a row.
A rematch is only possible if Alabama wins. The Tide won’t deserve a second shot at the Tigers if they can’t win on their home field. I don’t think that a narrow defeat wouldn’t drop the Tigers far in the BCS poll. Still, LSU would need some help but not much.
First things first, LSU would have to run the table.
Secondly, Oklahoma would have to lose somewhere. They’ve got Texas in two weeks and two remaining road games against ranked teams so it’s not hard to imagine the Sooners dropping a game.
Stanford is unbeaten and most of their tough games remaining are at home, including Oregon on November 12th. Their most dangerous game may be a visit to Los Angeles to play USC on October 29th. If the Cardinal get by the Trojans, it will be a surprise if they’re not unbeaten at the end of the season and that scenario would eliminate any chance for LSU.
Also, the Tigers would need Oklahoma State and the Big Ten champion to fall somewhere along the way. I know what you’re thinking…what about Boise State? Sorry but there is no way that the Broncos stay in front of a one loss LSU in the BCS poll if that one loss is a close one at Alabama. No way.
The showdown in Tuscaloosa will be a good one but a rematch would be better and it could happen.
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