There is no southern comfort for Jim Tressel and Ohio State.
It was like '06 all over again. Once again the Buckeyes struck first – and once again an SEC team took complete control of the game as LSU gave the conference a second consecutive BCS title game win over Ohio State.
It wasn’t exactly 41-14 (last year’s score in Florida’s win over OSU) but the conference that everyone can’t help but fawn over has again flexed its collective muscle on the game’s biggest stage with the Tigers’ 38-24 win -- a flexing that gets all the more Schwarzenegger-esque when you add in the beat down Georgia put on Hawaii, in the same building LSU won in, no less.
After Ohio State rode Chris “Beanie” Wells’ BCS title-game record 65-yard touchdown run and a Ryan Pretorius’ field goal to a 10-0 lead, LSU took complete control as the Buckeyes were hounded by penalties (7 for 83 yards) and turnovers (three total). Whether you think the correct teams were in the Superdome on Monday night or not, it’s hard to deny that this was simply another coronation for the SEC, which has now won six national championships in the last 15 seasons.
Tressel may have defied logic in returning to the BCS title game despite losing the likes of Troy Smith, Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez but another disappointing showing does nothing to change those theories that have hounded the Buckeyes and the Big Ten since last season.
So a season full of upsets, a season full of seemingly weekly “we shocked the world” moments ends with the conference that was king of the hill before the season hanging onto its place as Les Miles hoisted the crystal football.
But are the Tigers really the nation's best or is it conference rival Georgia or USC? What's your take and what are your thoughs on the BCS title game?