As an LSU fan, I will make a statement that will surprise most. LSU does not deserve to play for a national championship.
There. I said it. However, don’t take that to mean that I’m not happy that my team will get the chance to play for it all. I just realize that my team was in a position to control its own destiny with regards to the BCS championship and blew it twice. Not to take anything away from Kentucky and Arkansas, but a team that really deserved to play for it all would have found a way to win those games. Losing two games in the second half of the season and still making the championship game makes Les Miles one of the luckiest SOBs on the planet. He needs to go out and buy a lottery ticket so he has some income after the college football world figures out he’s a crappy coach and gets fired. As an aside, I really hope Miles turns out to be a traitorous bastard like Nick Saban and bolts for Michigan. Just look at the number of penalties committed by LSU each game. A well-coached team doesn’t commit that many penalties.
Although LSU doesn’t really deserve the opportunity, I don’t really think anyone else has done anything to deserve it either. Ohio State loses a game in November against a cupcake Big 10 schedule. Georgia and Kansas aren’t even good enough to play for their own conference championships, much less a national championship. Oklahoma looked impressive, but lost to two unranked teams. USC? One word: Stanford. Virginia Tech is the champion of a crappy conference and got embarrassed by LSU, losing by 41 points. Champions don’t lose to anyone by 41 points. Hawaii may be undefeated, but they played the equivalent of a high school schedule.
Overall I think this may have been the best matchup possible, but honestly no one really deserves to be champion. Especially in a weird season like this, we really need some type of playoff so we can at least say that whatever team is crowned as champ did something to deserve it.
Just look at the BCS failures seen in the last few years. LSU vs. Oklahoma instead of LSU vs. USC in 2003 and the split championship (LSU is the true 2003 national champion by the way, not the co-champion! Flawed as it is, the BCS is what everyone, including USC agreed to as how to decide the champ). An undefeated Auburn team being completely shut out of the game in 2004. And now this year when at least half a dozen teams have a claim to play for it all. There has to be a better way.
As flawed as the selection process was, this game will still decide our champion. I think it looks good for LSU, as the lay off will give Glenn Dorsey and Matt Flynn time to heal from injuries. My bold prediction: LSU over Ohio State 42-21.