By now, John and I have made our feelings pretty clear about a potential rematch in the BCS title game between LSU and Alabama, who happen to be ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the latest BCS standings. It’s not a guarantee that the two teams will meet again just over two months after their Nov. 5 game, but personally, it feels like we’re being set up for it. Oklahoma State would have to have an impressive win against Oklahoma in the Bedlam Series for there to be even a chance for the Cowboys to jump the Tide.
The argument for a rematch has been that the two best teams should play for the national title regardless of whether they’ve played before, or if they’re in the same conference or division.
When asked what he thought about a potential rematch with LSU even though his team didn’t win the SEC West, Alabama coach Nick Saban said “I don’t really have an opinion” before proceeding to spend the next 1:30 giving his opinion on the matter.
Below is the full video courtesy of The Daily Bama Blog, but Saban starts talking BCS criteria at about the 1:45 mark.
Saban’s arguments echo what many others have already stated on here, and honestly, they’re not invalid points. But the problem is they go against the philosophy that “every game matters” — which was coined by the BCS. Other sports which have held a rematch for a national championship all have something in common: a playoff. The two best teams played — rematch or otherwise — on merit, not based on what others think.
In 2006, many, not just SEC fans, lost their minds over the utter thought that Ohio State and Michigan would play again for a national title after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines. Back then, winning your conference mattered. What’s changed?
“But this Alabama team is different!”
Based on what? The opinions of coaches? Computers with arbitrary formulas?
I’m pretty sure everyone thought Alabama would crush Utah in the 2009 Sugar Bowl too.
The point is we never know for sure.
Is it possible Alabama is the second-best team in the country? Absolutely. In fact, it’s more probable than possible if we’re going on the eye test alone. But it shouldn’t come to our best guess.