- 12/04/2011, 12:52AM ET
Mrlns Fn said 12/04, 12:52 AM
Oklahoma State should get the chance to battle LSU in the National Championship game. Alabama should not be given the chance for a do-over.
Disagree? Well, you're wrong.
But feel free to accept this TD and argue your point.
Here's some of my points:
I'll break it down more later, but Oklahoma State played a tougher schedule than Alabama, and both teams finished with the same record at 11-1 each. Forget what you heard about the SEC being so much tougher than the other conferences. OSU played a tougher schedule. Period.
Not only that, but Alabama already lost to LSU. Why give them a do-over? **** that.
Now some might say that Alabama deserves the edge because their loss came to LSU, while Ok St's loss came at the hands of Iowa State. But Ok St lost that game in double overtime. And it was two days after a couple of Ok St lady's basketball coaches were killed in a tragic plance accident.
After Ok St pounded Oklahoma tonight to win the Big 12 Championship while Alabama sat at home and watched because they didn't even qualify for their conference championship, it became clear that Ok St, and not Alabama, should play LSU for the national title.
And the Prophecy Read said 12/04, 04:04 AM
I mean this in the nicest way possible, Oklahoma States womens basketball coches death affected the football team about as much as it would Alabama's womens bball coaches dying. Those kids are there to play football. People die every day, if you want to say death is tragedy then let Arkansas who had to bury a teammate play in the game since the LSU game was shortly there after. My sympathy goes out to the deceased but it in no way shape or form affected the football team.
And why give 'Bama a do over? Well one could say they outplayed LSU. One could say they were clearly the better team. The score might say otherwise but I doubt Bama misses that many field goas again. And I highly doubt both teams don't score again. Its a different type of game. Its a game where you have nothing to lose instead of having everything to lose. The playbook opens up a little more and more chances are taken at that point.
Last time I checked LSU > Okla State. If Bama wins that game they play today. You can't fault them for playing in LSU conference if no other team was undefeated and since Bama played such a strong game in a losing effort. Bama is the 2nd best team in the nation.
Mrlns Fn said 12/04, 08:18 PM
I completely disagree about the OSU coaches deaths not impacting the football team.
Here's a personal anecdote that might explain why I feel the way I do.
Growing up, I lived in San Antonio, TX. I played high school football for a 5A school. (Go Holmes Huskies!!)
During my junior year, two students from my HS were murdered in a field across the freeway from my HS campus.
Their deaths weighed heavily on my mind, and on the minds of a lot of my fellow students and student athletes.
I can't explain it, but something is off when someone from your world is killed, and it's a really hard feeling to shake off. You start reevaluating life, and your perspective on many topics becomes completely changed.
There's no doubt in my mind that at least some of the OSU players were impacted by the tragic accident. I have no doubt that at least some of those players' preparation suffered as a result of the accident.
Keep in mind this was a day before the Iowa St game, a game they lost in double overtime.
Penalizing the OSU football team for being off their game after a tragic accident is not only the wrong move, it's callous.
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