Friday, December 2, 2011

SEC Championship Game: Can LSU Clinch A Share of the National Title?

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Believe it or not, it is quite conceivable that we may have a national champion before, well, the national championship game. This scenario can unfold if the No. 1 LSU Tigers (12-0) defeat the No. 14 Georgia Bulldogs (10-2) in the SEC Championship Game.

Here's my thinking--

As the only unbeaten MAJOR program (sorry Houston), LSU has a commanding lead on the No. 1 ranking. By beating Georgia in the title game, which they are favored to win by 2 touchdowns, it will only increase LSU's stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking. But win lose or draw, it is already a foregone conclusion that LSU will play the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1) in the national championship game. LSU has already beaten Alabama this season, 9-6 on Nov. 5, so if Alabama beats LSU in the title game and both teams end up with 1 loss (against each other), it'll create all kinds of controversy if Alabama is awarded the title. Unless Alabama BLOWS them out, how can anyone say in good conscience that Alabama is the undisputed national champion?

In fact, if LSU loses the title game by a CLOSE SCORE, they can still arguably win the national title. And why? Because both teams will split the two games by CLOSE SCORES but LSU has a conference championship under their belt.

The argument is-- why should LSU have to beat Alabama twice to win the title and all Alabama needs to do is NOT play in the conference title game, split with LSU and make off like bandits with the national title. Not fair!

So the only solution to this mess is-- in the event Alabama wins by a close score then there should be co-national champions. We've had them before so it wouldn't be anything new and everyone would be happy.

But first, LSU must get passed Georgia.

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