Rose & Fiesta Bowls Prove BCS Got It Right

By BRIEN STRAW, SportsRadio 610

If we learned one thing from Monday’s Rose Bowl victory by Oregon, and Oklahoma State’s overtime victory in the Fiesta Bowl, we learned that the BCS got it right by matching LSU and Alabama in the Title game. Yeah, it ain’t fair, and it’s painful to say, but it’s true. The objective of the BCS is to match the two best teams in college football in a championship game. Mission accomplished.

Don’t tell me, “it’s not fair that LSU should have to beat the Tide twice to win a title.” You’re right, that’s not fair.  Is the answer to balancing that inequity to allow the Tigers a known lesser opponent in the Title game?  Is it fair to Alabama or LSU that they’re stuck in the toughest division in college football, and couldn’t skate through a regular season?

ESPN talking heads continued to devalue the networks credibility and integrity by propping up the candidacy of teams obviously inferior to the Tide and Tigers. For Brent “all the Tostitos” Musberger to claim that, “Oregon may have given LSU its toughest game of the year,” is absurd and factually inaccurate. How can you possibly compare a 13-point defeat (which required Oregon to score with :13 remaining to keep the beat down from being a 20-point LSU win) to a three-point victory in overtime?

For Oklahoma State, four missed field goals by Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson will allow the ‘Pokes to continue to run their mouths about being snubbed, but the Cowboy defense that cemented Andrew Luck’s status as the top pick in the 2012 NFL draft and finished the regular season 106th in the nation in total defense, again highlighted why the Tide is more worthy.

For those that would have liked to see what the OSU offense could do against LSU, I must ask, how short is your memory?  How many more one-sided Title games do you need to see? The definition of insanity is repeat the same activity over and over expecting a different result.  How many times must an SEC team shut down a “high-flying, high-scoring” team before we decide, been there, done that?

Remember 2008 when Oklahoma came in to the BCS title game averaging 54 points a game? The Sooners entered the contest with the record for most points in a season, only to leave with 14 on the board in a loss to Florida.  Last year Oregon faced Auburn averaging 49 points a game. The Ducks managed 19 against the Tigers. Assuming a spread offense can continue to put up flag football like stats against an SEC team in a major bowl game is the definition of false hope. (Didn’t happen for A&M against LSU in last years’ Cotton Bowl, or Oklahoma State in ’10 Cotton, or  Texas Tech in the ’09 Cotton, or…)

The 9-6 LSU victory in overtime on November 5th  in Tuscaloosa should be regarded as a testament to the nations 1st (Alabama) and 2nd (LSU) ranked defenses, not an indictment of the offenses.  The Tide averaged 36-points a game this year while LSU managed 38.

The BCS has always been about matching the two best teams, not the “fairest” match-up. This year, the Rose and Fiesta bowls proved the BCS got it right on both accounts.


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  • Eric

    To compare how Team A plays against Team B and then extrapolate that to how that team would do against Team C is ridiculous and asinine. Looking at the historical performance of teams to determine how a completely different team would do against another team is equally asinine. By your reasoning, no team outside of the SEC should be able to compete for the National Title because an SEC team has won each of the past 5 years (now 6). You can’t say OSU has no business in the Title Game because they struggled against Stanford; that has no bearing on their ability to beat LSU. By your reasoning, 2001 Miami couldn’t have beaten anyone, since they barely won at Boston College.

  • Jeff in Westbury

    Brien and Eric, you both make valid points. However Eric, your argument does not address Brien’s contention the BCS made the right choice. The “extrapolation” approach breaks down repeatedly, season after season, in both the NFL and college football. But the poobahs of the BCS are looking backwards when making their decision, not forwards to the possible outcome of the title game. I would prefer to see OSU and its pinball offense take a crack at the Tiger’s impenetrable defense, but based on what happened during the regular season the two best teams are playing in Miami.

    A “Plus One” game might give us a more entertaining matchup, but that will have to wait for the expiration of the current system in 2013. Eric, if such a game was possible this year, would you prefer Oregon or Oklahoma State? Would your decision be based on the regular season or bowl performances? Not so simple a choice, is it?

    • Eric


      Your statement that “based on what happened during the regular season the two best teams are playing in Miami” is conclusory. How can you possibly say that the two best teams are playing for the National Title? Just because Alabama lost a close game to LSU doesn’t mean they’re a better TEAM than OSU or even Stanford for that matter. If OSU’s kicker hadn’t missed that kick at the end of regulation against Iowa State, would the Cowboys then be one of the two best teams? Their record would be one of the two best, but would that make them one of the best TEAMS? Had they won against Iowa State, would they not still have the same roster, same coaches, same trainers, etc..? They would still be the same TEAM, so why is Alabama clearly one of the two best? What makes Alabama one of the two best teams? Is it because they lost a close game to the best team? That’s one way to look at it, but let’s look at another way; let’s look at wins. OSU beat 6 ranked teams while Alabama only played 5, losing to one of them. By that metric, OSU would be the better team. Strength of schedule has OSU ahead of Alabama, by at least some calculations. That metric too, would have OSU as the better team. Alabama has a great defense, OSU has a great offense. OSU lost on the road, Alabama lost at home. There is no clear “best team” outside of LSU; that was one of my points in the original post. I didn’t mean to state who should be in the championship game, because the truth is, there’s no right answer. I was simply responding to a post entitled “Rose & Fiesta Bowls Prove BCS Got It Right” and pointing out the fallacies in Brien Straw’s “proof.” By Brien’s reasoning, if LSU crushes Alabama, would he then come back with a post entitled “BCS National Championship Game Proves BCS Got It Wrong?”

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