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Which Rematch Do You Want: LSU-Bama Or LSU-Oregon?

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

 


30 comments
Dave
Dave

If entertainment is the driving issue, then let's toss Houston and Toledo into the BCS NC game. 95-92. What excitement.

LSU played Oregon without its best QB and ran them out of the stadium, literally. Oregon wants to lead the country in rushing and had less than 80 yards against LSU. If LSU had not spent the entire second half running clock, they could have made that game much, much worse.

The Pac-12 AS A CONFERENCE does not have one win over a team out of conference that either IS or HAS BEEN ranked in the Top 25 or even "also receiving votes" category this season. This is what Oregon does - run all over the Pac-12, then get whacked out of conference. What's Ohio State's signature win over the past 3 years? Oregon. Boise State? Oregon - twice. Meanwhile, the Quack Attack went All-Waddle against Auburn and LSU.

LSU wins that game easily.

bruno
bruno

I want entertainment. I want Oregon. Much better than at the beginning of the year. Do your research.

Scott Duke
Scott Duke

lsu-oregon. =) thanks for asking. (did anyone actual just answer the question?)

Andy
Andy

I say the winner of the OK St. and OK game. OK was preseason #1 and OK St. has their best run ever. No rematches, especially for Alabama who lost at home and later in the season.

That said, all of this doesn't matter. Ok St. actually has a team this year and beat OK at home to win the Big XII.

John
John

What makes Oregon think they can win it all over an SEC team? They wouldn't even be top two in the West! Last SEC game, a neutral site beating at the hands of LSU. Before that? A neutral site beating at the hands of Auburn. Yeah, they beat Tennessee last year. But who doesn't? Ducks couldn't win their division, have already had a shot at LSU, and would lose a rematch by 21. Remember, when UO got beat by LSU in Week 1, the Tigers didn't have Jefferson and were still distracted by his legal troubles. They are twice as good now, and I don't think the Ducks beating up a soft Pac-12 will change that at all. As an SEC fan, I hope to God LSU gets the Ducks in a rematch in New Orleans. Can you say six in a row?

blue
blue

Just hard for me to say Alabama gets another shot. They didn't win their division, so they don't even get to play for the conference championship. Meanwhile, LSU has to play and win the conference championship to be able to play for the national championship. It makes no sense that Alabama gets a bye by not having to play a conference championship but gets to play LSU again if LSU wins the conference championship. wtf

fsujd
fsujd

I don't know if Oklahoma can beat OK State, but i know I sure wouldn't bank on it. And LSU-Arkansas is looking pretty interesting. Every time somebody thinks they have the rest of the season figured out..bam...some surprise upsets the apple cart.

MizzouPaul
MizzouPaul

I am going to go on a limb here and ask WHY IS NO ONE including Arkansas in this. Think...if Arkansas beats LSU and Bama loses one more game (If Bama plays like it did vs Miss St) it is very possible you could be looking at an Arkansas team playing for National Title or even a Georgia Team who wins the East.

MIZ_SEC
MIZ_SEC

It should be whoever the voters feel is the best team, without regard for what would be the most interesting matchup.

The PAC is so terrible that I have a hard time believing Oregon is truly the 2nd best team in the nation.

Gil
Gil

I am of the strong opinion that a two team playoff should be a matchup of conference champions. Alabama is a good team but they won't be SEC champions. I think the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State winner will have the best resume and deserve a shot.

Strips
Strips

If Alabama doesn't win their division, nor conference championship, why then should they play a rematch for the BCS Title when UGA couldn't in 2007 and they were clearly a much better 2-lose team than LSU and that was the very reasons as to why they weren't selected to play for the Title in finishing #2 nationally.

gca1202
gca1202

Neither. I want to see a Arkansas vs. Alabama rematch in the BCS National Championship. I realize the stars have to allign, but its possbile. If OU loses to Baylor this weekend and Oregon loses to USC (which is a distinct possibility) and then OU beats OSU on 12/3 along with Alabama and Arkansas winning out (which admittingly would be tough against LSU) and Alabama winning the SEC championship you could be looking at a 12-1 #1 Alabama vs.11-1 #2 Arkansas for the BCS Championship.

Guest
Guest

No do-overs! Bama and Oregon had their chance at LSU and both lost. Can't see how either could even be considered.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

First, Oklahoma's got no shot the way they lost to a Texas Tech team that has since gone on to be one of the worst squads coming out of an AQ conference.

Out of Bama and Oregon, it should clearly be the Tide but I’m afraid they’ll fall victim to the same bias that befell Georgia in 2007: if you don’t win your conference or division, you don’t get a chance at the BCS title. Given the rare occasion this year where you get comparable scores from a common opponent, voters may be able to overlook that fact though.

BamaWahoo
BamaWahoo

Or try this for a BCS buster -- Georgia miraculously beats LSU by a couple of touchdowns in the SEC championship game. AL and Oregon finish with one loss each and above LSU which finishes 3rd in the BCS. Alabama and Oregon - whose two combined losses were to LSU - play in the Super Dome for the BCS Championship game. LSU goes to the Capitol One. Talk about madness. And riots in the streets.

Jones
Jones

Why so sure Oklahoma will beat Oklahoma state?

BamaWahoo
BamaWahoo

Question -- if Alabama wins out and LSU wins out but then Georgia beats LSU in the SEC title game, does LSU get shut out of the BCS altogether? Or does Alabama? Only 2 could go, right?

rich
rich

If the Ducks had Cliff Harris and not a rookie returning that ball they would have beat LSUs ass. Bring on a rematch!

RollTide1977
RollTide1977

So a twice as good now LSU team could only beat the Tide by 3 points

Lupin
Lupin

Just remember, even a good 12-Pac is still only half a case.

FYI
FYI

I'm with you man.....Way to go LSU you managed to go undefeated by beating all these RANKED teams and winning your conference; here is your reward an Alabama team you already beat at home that is probably motivated now that they get another shot in the same season. I don't care if Alabama wins out and stays at #2 they lost an important game too bad....

monkeygrass
monkeygrass

Something tells me that the big story on Nov. 25 will be that LSU lost, not that Arkansas won. Assuming Bama beats Auburn, then the attention will be on who plays Bama for the national title: Ok State/Oklahoma winner or Oregon. Granted, there will still be three conference championship games left to play…

Jason
Jason

This I like. The Hogs were still raw early in the season and are playing their best ball yet. Put it on a neutral field and I would put money on the Hogs,

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Because somebody's got to play them, so who? Oklahoma?

MIZ_SEC
MIZ_SEC

I think LSU would go over Bama. And there is precedence for LSU still making the NC game after a loss to UGA; either OU or Nebraska was voted in after losing the Big 12 CG about 5-10 years ago.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Yes, only a max of two from one conference are allowed into BCS bowls. There was some speculation about the SEC lobbying for an end to that rule after going up to 14 teams.

My guess, LSU would go based on their head to head matchup.

Iowa
Iowa

Yes, Oklahoma. Oklahoma when healthy would beat any sec team. The sad thing is, they are banged up. This year they have lost starters at rb, wr, c, lb, s, and Lt ....all out for the year. OU out played the sec in each title game. OU was driving to win vs. lsu and they had lost their #1 coordinator that year, and they didn't score twice within the 5 against florida because they lost their #1 rb who is now the hottest NFL product in Demarco Murray.

skillet
skillet

and history. It seems like 90% of the time something is on the line in a Bedlam game, OSU has found a way to spit the bit.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Sure. A team that lost to a horrible Texas Tech would beat any SEC team. Makes perfect sense.

BTW - I would imagine that there are many schools that could claim elite status when perfectly healthy. Conditioning, depth, and even a little luck are always part of the game.

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