This is somewhat of a follow-up to my last two blogs, "The BCS Perfect Storm" and "Do NOT, I Repeat, Do NOT Repeat LSU-Alabama."
Now that it seems almost certain that Alabama is in the BCS championship game, it is clear that LSU is being punished for having already beaten Alabama.
Alabama has the next week off to rest/prepare for its BCS championship opponent. Maybe it's just me but the team that is undefeated and won their head-to-head meeting should be the one already assured of a championship slot, shouldn't they? Why not have LSU declared SEC champ based on its existing record and have Georgia play LSU for SEC runner-up?
LSU faces Georgia with the prospect of getting bumped out of the championship if it loses. For instance, if Georgia wins, can't Boise State claim it should replace LSU in the championship because it has the same record as LSU and defeated Georgia. Alternatively Stanford could claim its only loss was to a higher ranked team than Georgia (Oregon was ranked in the top 5 when it played Stanford) and so it should jump past LSU. I realize the voters probably won't buy these arguments (or any Okla. State would make if it beats Oklahoma) but the point is LSU shouldn't have to even be in such a debate.
If LSU beats Georgia then the other contenders are out, but it still has to defeat the same opponent TWICE to be declared champion, while Alabama only has to split its games with LSU to be declared champion.
The better way to decide champion this year is to have LSU and Alabama play the #3 and #4 opponents (which should be two of Stanford, Oklahoma State or Houston). If LSU wins its game no debate it's champ. If LSU loses and Alabama wins the voters can chose between Alabama and the team that beat LSU. A win over LSU should go a long way in that regard and only a dominating game by Alabama over its opponent should move it to champ.*
*the problem with this solution is either Alabama or LSU plays in the mythical "championship" game and the winner gets declared national champ.