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Three Quick, Important Points On The BCS Championship Game

Three quick points on the LSU-Alabama rematch that everyone is debating today:

1.  A word on West Virginia

I keep getting emails from non-SEC fans saying that Oklahoma State could beat LSU because the Cowboys run the same offense as West Virginia… and the Mountaineers rolled up 463 passing yards on the Tigers.

My reply to each email: LSU 47, West Virginia 21. 

Yards don’t equal points.

2.  A word on “Boring”

Everyone assumes the BCS title game will be a replay of the “boring” 9-6 game between the schools on November 5th.  (Well, boo-hoo if it is because the game was riveting, but that’s another topic.)

Alabama and LSU both went into that game with conservative gameplans.  The goal was to play field position football and rely on their strong defenses.

But now two of the best coaching staffs in football have seen one another.  They’ve felt each other out.  They’ve got some ideas of what to do the next time around.  And of what the other guy might do in Round Two. 

While it’s unlikely we’ll see a 31-30 game, don’t be surprised if this second game opens up a bit more than the first go-round.

3.  A word on the “national championship game”

Over the next month, you’re going to hear a lot of talk about split national championships.  LSU fans will say a split title is fine.  Alabama fans will tell you that the BCS title game should be a winner-take-all affair.

And both sides would say the exact opposite if Alabama had beaten LSU a month ago.  Well, we don’t have any bias pro or con, Tigers or Tide here.  So we’re going to share one basic fact that cannot be argued.

If you’ve paid attention to this site, you’ve noticed that for years we’ve referred to the BCS Championship Game as just that — the BCS Championship Game.  Some writers and fans get lazy and call it the “national” championship game, but that’s not what it is. 

College football doesn’t have a national championship game.  Check the NCAA record book and you’ll find that college football doesn’t recognize an official national champion.  It’s mythical.

Enter Roy Kramer and the heads of the biggest, richest conferences in the land.  They cooked up the BCS as a means to create a cash cow that would crown someone as the champ of the big boy leagues.  Over time, government threats forced the BCS to let in more of the little guys — if they hit certain qualifications — but the story’s still the same.

The winner of the BCS Championship Game wins the BCS trophy and claims the BCS title.  Nothing more.  Any other poll can recognize anyone else it desires.  The AP Poll — no longer used in the BCS process — gave Southern Cal its national championship in 2003, ironically enough splitting the title between BCS champion LSU and the Trojans. 

So if you hear someone say or write that the winner of the “national championship game” should win all the titles out there, sorry, there is no national championship game.  Just a BCS Championship Game.

If you want a unification bout, then it’s time to push, prod and pray for a plus-one system to be worked into the mix.  Until then, the national crown can still be split. 


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