Preview 2008 -
Part Two - Did LSU Deserve the Title?
CFN is honored to once again get the thoughts and opinions on some of the hot
topics from some of the most talented, influential insiders in the
college football media, while getting to know a little bit more about
from CFN in the
discussion are ...
- Charles Davis, NFL Network/FOX Sports
- Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com
- College Football Columnist
- Bruce Feldman,
College Football Columnist
- Steve Greenberg, The
Sporting News -
College Football Columnist
- Teddy "Mr. Media" Greenstein, Chicago Tribune - College
Football Columnist, Media Columnist
- Stewart Mandel, SI.com -
College Football Columnist
1 What aspect of
college football should you care about, but really don't?
- Part 2 Should a
two loss LSU team really have won the national title?
- Part 3 How should
college football be more like the NFL?
- Part 4
Your college football
- Part 5 How/why did you get into covering college football?
- Part 6 How/why is the BCS better than a playoff?
- Part 7 I'm not buying into ...
- Part 8
Just how bad is the Big Ten?
- Part 9 Do you have any problems with Tim Tebow winning two
- Part 10 Give the 2010 Rankings for: Florida State, Miami,
Michigan, Nebraska & Notre Dame
- Part 11
How much do you care about non-BCS teams?
- Part 12 When
Should Players Be Eligible for the Draft?
- Part 13 The Next Really Big Superpower Will Be ...
- Part 14 The Best & Worst Interviews
You've Ever Done
- Part 15 Quick Hitters, Part 1: Greatest Players & Greatest Games
- Part 16 Quick Hitters, Part 2: The National Champion & Heisman
2007 Roundtable Discussion
- Part One
The BCS, tweaks, and
college football's biggest problem
- Part Two
off-field changes, steroids and cheating
- Part Three
Overrated, underrated, 10 years from now, & what fans don't understand
2. Upon further review,
are you comfortable with a two-loss LSU being the 2007 national
I might’ve felt differently if Hawaii had beaten Georgia 35-0, but
obviously that didn’t happen. LSU won the best conference and handled
OSU. They also played two more games than most national titlists usually
have to play.
“comfortable” with LSU being the 2007 National Champ with two losses,
because of the way the season evolved, BUT…if ever a year that debate
can rage and never be settled, 2007 was the one. As far as posterity,
until there is a pattern of two loss teams winning it all, LSU will
suffer in comparison to National Champs of the past. Remember, Colorado
won it all with a loss and a tie, and they are not mentioned with the
all time greats.
Steve Greenberg: Comfortable enough that I can just forget about
it --- in my opinion, it was a bad season. No great team(s), little to
anticipate in the way of huge games. LSU was as deserving as anybody
Richard Cirminiello: Yup. Hey, ideally, I like my national
champions undefeated, but last year was unique for its ability to dish
out the unpredictable. Regardless of the record, LSU proved it was the
nation’s best with a two-touchdown win over Ohio State in the title
game. Who else makes sense, a Georgia team that didn’t win its
division, let alone the SEC? Nah. Case closed on this one.
Dennis Dodd: Absolutely. Here's the problem: Once you lose one
game in this system, it's a crapshoot. If you lose two, you've got
absolutely no argument for being in the national championship game. But
last season was the 500-year flood of college football -- seven teams
with two losses in the top 10 of the BCS in the first week of December.
to get in. That it was LSU didn't bother me. In the end, The Tigers
benefitted from winning the strongest league in the country. What's
wrong with that?
It was all
the outrage that followed that got to me. Why? To me, USC was eliminated
because it was the victim of the biggest upset in the game's history --
losing at home at Stanford. I suppose Georgia had a beef but I really
got turned off with the whole Michael Adams, Rose Bowl argument. By the
end of the day, Georgia looked like donkeys because its actions were a
backhanded slap at the Sugar Bowl.
lost twice to Oklahoma. West Virginia lost to Pittsburgh. LSU was
basically the last comic standing when it came time to pick two teams to
play for the national championship.
no, but I have no alternative. I have no problem with LSU being
considered the best team at the end of last year, because when everyone
was healthy, it was, but I sort of have an issue with the Tigers losing
to really average Kentucky and Arkansas teams. The loss to the Hogs was
particularly galling because everything, at least at the time, was on
the line. Upon further review, yeah, LSU is still my personal national
champion for last year, but there’s a gnawing part of me that thinks
Kansas, horrendous non-conference schedule and all, probably deserved
more of a look, and I would’ve liked to have seen West Virginia get a
shot. Then again, when it comes to the Jayhawks, having them in would
fly in the face of a core belief that you can’t win the national title
if you can’t win your conference, and KU didn’t even win its own
Stewart Mandel: If there had to be a two-loss champion, I was 100
percent comfortable with it being LSU. From the time they demolished
Virginia Tech, I believed they were the best team in the country, and
once the smoke had cleared from the West Virginia and Missouri losses
that final night, there was no question they were the most deserving of
those two-loss teams based on their overall resume.
would you prefer a three-loss team? Yes, I am exceedingly comfortable
with the crowning of LSU. Just how comfortable? Picture yourself lying
in a hammock made of marshmallows, a gentle breeze blowing while you
watch a best-of compilation of Minka Kelly's "Lyla" character on "Friday
LSU deserved to be
in the BCS title game. Ohio State deserved to be in the BCS title game.
The Tigers played brilliantly and left no doubt that they were No. 1.