I woke up this morning thinking that Les Miles would likely be leaving LSU for Michigan and that an injured LSU team might very well lose the SEC championship game against Tennessee. Boy was I wrong. Les Miles announced this afternoon in no uncertain terms that he would be staying at LSU. Then LSU beat the Vols to win the SEC title game. And as if that weren’t enough, the top two teams in the nation lost, and now LSU is back in the hunt for the national championship. Un-stinking-believable.
That being said, this is a really sorry way to end the season. And I’m not talking about LSU’s sloppy victory. I’m talking about the idiotic BCS system that has once again left us hanging at the end of the season wondering who the two best teams are. LSU has an argument to make, but so do a lot of other teams. LSU’s quarterback (Matt Flynn) and leading defensive player (Glenn Dorsey) are both injured, and I think the Tigers have not been able to finish the season as well as they started it. In contrast, Georgia is white hot right now, and so is USC. Oklahoma looked really good as they decisively beat the number one team in the nation today to secure the Big 12 title.
I think all of this goes to show that we need a play-off really bad, not head coaches pleading their case on Sports Center and trying to convince poll voters why their team should be in the national championship game (as Les Miles, Mark Richt, and Pete Carroll all did this evening). National Champions should not be determined by logical argument. They should be determined by 22 guys smashing each other in the mouth for four quarters until one side ends the game with more points than the other. Unfortunately, that’s not the system we have. What a joke.
If there’s anything more un-stinking-believable than the fact that the Tigers may yet play for the national title, it’s that Division 1-A college football still doesn’t have a playoff. Hopefully that will change soon.