Mitchell: The SEC MUST be in BCS championship

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Oct 30, 2012


If respect counts for anything in college football, and given our current post-season format it must, then we will not have a legitimate champion if a one-loss winner of the best conference in football is left out


By Russ Mitchell
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Respect.

The Bayou Bengals are nine point underdogs at home…under the lights, no less. Remember, LSU's last home loss was October 10.

In the year 2009.

That's respect for Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide. For everything that Alabama has accomplished; not just in 2012, but during the past several years.

Respect.

In a sport that still picks its champion via an invitational, one-off, beauty contest, “eye test”, worse-than-figure-skating-judging game, respect carries a lot of weight. Or should carry a lot of weight.

So if LSU beats Alabama for arguably one of its best home wins in school history, goes on to run the table at 12-1, including beating another top five team in UGA or Florida in the conference championship, and its only loss was in the Swamp by a single possession to a top-ranked Gators team… And the SEC has won SIX – STRAIGHT – BCS titles…

If you believe in respect, how would LSU not be one of the top two teams in the nation? Under this scenario, the Tigers will have handed Bama its only two losses in two years, and be 25-1 in the regular season the past two seasons - playing in the SEC. Particularly when there’s no debating that the Kansas State, Notre Dame and especially Oregon schedules are not nearly as difficult.

What do you want, America? A champion, or teams that advance by playing easier opponents?

Take another scenario… Say things run through November as Vegas predicts, and a one loss UGA or Florida team faces a consensus #1, undefeated, and defending BCS champion Alabama squad in the conference championship – and wins. Likely as a double digit underdog. What then?

How are they not one of the top two teams in the nation? Particularly if it’s Florida, having already beaten LSU, destroyed SC and losing in a nail biter to a top ten UGA on a neutral field?

Again, especially given the SEC’s recent run at history as our sport’s most dominant conference ever, a one loss SEC team with a victory over the pre-ordained 2012 champion Tide should not get them a trip to the sidelines…not when the purpose is to hand-select the two best teams.

Another scenario… If Bama loses a close one in a particularly hostile environment in Baton Rouge, but goes on to represent the SEC West and absolutely undresses either a one loss Florida or UGA team in Atlanta…you’re telling me you’re passing on the Tide? For Notre Dame??? Who has played the mother of all overrated schedules?

If respect counts for anything in this sport, and given our current post-season format it must, then there is no way we’ll have a legitimate champion if a one-loss winner of the best conference in football is left out.


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