Bama/LSU Rematch? I Don’t Think So

Posted: November 3, 2011 in NCAA
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The drum beat already is being heard throughout college football, particularly in the Southeast. Barring a blowout victory by either team, should Alabama and LSU meet again for the BCS title assuming neither stumble the remainder of the season?

The BCS’s stated goal is to match the Nos. 1 and 2 teams at the end of the season. The two best teams, period; not the two most popular teams; not the two teams likely to attract the biggest television audience.

If you believe that . . . well, let’s just say I’d like to talk to you about buying some land I’ve got for sale east of Jacksonville Beach. Seriously, history is against a rematch.

Florida and Florida State played a rematch for the national title in 1997 it didn’t go over well in the college football world. The TV folks hated it, and that’s the key.

It was 10 years later when it seemed to be the perfect time for a rematch. Ohio State and Michigan were both 11-0 and ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, when they played in Columbus in the regular season finale. It was the last regular season game matching the top two teams. The game was a classic, the Buckeyes winning 42-39. Who doubted they were the two best teams? Most pundits clamored for a rematch in the Jan. 8 Fiesta Bowl.

It didn’t happen. Ohio State played once-beaten Florida in the title game, and the BCS proponents gave a big sigh of relief when the Gators won easily, 41-24, to claim their first national title under Coach Urban Meyer’s watch. The Gators had lost earlier that season at Auburn.

A LSU-Alabama rematch won’t happen either. It ain’t good for business and, yes, it’s no secret major college football is a big business.

The BCS powers, of course, will be hoping Stanford or Oklahoma State –not both – finish undefeated. Stanford would provide the best TV draw, not only because it’s located in California but also because the Cardinal features the game’s biggest star, quarterback Andrew Luck, who’ll probably have a Heisman Trophy by then.

The worst case scenario for the BCS will be for both Stanford and Oklahoma State to lose. That means it will have to listen to the whining about how Boise State was hosed again. Still, an Alabama-LSU winner vs. Boise State for the BCS title will happen before a rematch.

Bet on it.

Quick pix: I do believe Alabama and LSU are the two best teams, but I give the Tide a slight edge because of Trent Richardson; South Carolina has an outstanding defense but the Gamecocks can’t score enough to win at Arkansas; I just can’t make myself pick Vanderbilt to win at Florida; Thursday night road games have not been good for FSU, but the Seminoles are so much better than BC; and Oklahoma State might score 100 points against visiting Kansas State. Last week: 2-3 (22-18 overall).

Check out Blabbermouth Lamm’s college points spreads, too…

  1. producewiz says:

    Can’t stand rematches unless it’s my horse getting a 2nd chance 1996 Gators so we’re all selfish like that.Love to see 4 unbeatens and the BCS blows up.January 9th?How long is that from last game.Like season opener.Nuts.

  2. Frankie says:

    I thought that FSU and UF should’ve gone best 2 out of 3 or at least split the NC that year. FSU had to win 2 against UF that year Florida only had to win one.

    • producewiz says:

      See,Frankie had a horse in that race.But it took amazing set of things to happen for Florida to get there,and probably won’t happen agian .

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