On Saturday, Nov. 5, Tyrann Mathieu and the top-ranked LSU Tigers defeated the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide 9-6 in overtime in Tuscaloosa, Ala. in what was prefixed as "The Game of the Century." From the game spouted speculation that the two teams would rematch for a national championship.
On Sunday, that speculation turned to reality.
Now, on Monday, Jan. 9, the two squads, likely the top two teams in the country, will play in New Orleans to determine once and for all who is the best team in the land.
Now, here's the problem...
We've seen the Tigers and the Crimson Tide play. To be frank, it was not that fun to watch the first time. The two teams combined for four turnovers, a combined 33 percent on third-down conversions and four missed field goals. So, why the hell would I want to watch that again?
In the strictest definition, a championship game should feature the two best teams in the league. In that sense, the BCS has it right. Unfortunately, the BCS National Championship Game still will not feature the best matchup possible.
There is no doubt LSU should be there. Nobody can make an argument against it. But its combatant should be the Oklahoma State Cowboys instead of Alabama.
The Cowboys' resumé includes the second-highest scoring offense in the nation, two wins over Top 10 teams, the second of which was a 44-10 annihilation of Oklahoma, and a conference championship. Alabama cannot say that.
Their offense features some of the premier players in the country in wide receiver Justin Blackmon, running back Joseph Randle, who is averaging six yards per carry, and quarterback Brandon Weeden, who completed more than 70 percent of his passes and threw more than 30 touchdowns in 2011.
Oklahoma State has the best offense in the country. LSU has the top defense. We could finally put to the test the saying that "defense wins championships." We could watch the top cornerback in the nation—Mathieu—cover the best wide out—Blackmon—for 60 minutes.
We are going to get a very good game on Jan. 9, 2012, but we just got robbed of the game of the century.