Monday, November 28, 2011
Houston Cougars are more deserving of a national title game appearance than Alabama
Yeah, I said it.
And before you go all, 'But Sanchez, how can you say that?', read the title again. Note, I do not say Houston is the better team, or would beat Bama head to head. Because they aren't, and they probably wouldn't (without suspensions and a sleep walking Tide ala that Utah game two years ago.
But in the current system, where there is no playoffs, Alabama simply does not deserve to play in the big game. Not no way, not no how. If you don't win your conference, you can't claim a right to play to win the nation. Unfortunately, Flip Flop Herbie and the rest of ESPN's talking empty heads will spend all week talking about how deserving they are. Funny, because this is the same guy who said Georgia didn't deserve a shot in 2007 (right after saying Michigan deserved one in '06).
If LSU beats us Saturday, they obviously are 1/2 of the big game. Oklahoma St, if they can beat Oklahoma, should probably be the other half. Them or Virginia Tech are the most deserving of the conference champions. Why would they be more deserving than Bammer? They aren't better on paper, and would almost surely lose if they faced the Tide, but they at least won their conference. If they both lose Saturday, I think the spot should fall to Houston.
Houston, if they beat Southern Miss, will have at least won their conference in addition to going undefeated. They will at least shut up Boise about how the little guys can't get a chance, and LSU would be deserving of a sacrificial lamb in New Orleans in January.
If Alabama wanted to play for a national title, they shouldn't have lost, at home no less. But LSU already beat you once, on your own field. You don't deserve a rematch in the current system where it's proponents scream how the regular season is college football's playoff. If Alabama gets a rematch, just how important was that Game of the Millenium in the first place? It wasn't, because no matter who won, they'd have to play again. But Bama couldn't win, and couldn't make plays when they needed to. They have no one to blame but themselves, and LSU shouldn't have to beat them twice to get their crystal football.
If you think in the current system college football has for determining it's champion, that Alabama should play in the big game, you are either an idiot or a blind Bama homer. Houston Cougars are more worthy of playing in that game. I hope Va Tech or the T Boones win Saturday, jump the Tide in the polls, and keep an unworthy, unnecessary rematch from occurring. Because Alabama lost their national title shot when they couldn't beat LSU at home. You can't even win your own division, let alone your conference, you don't deserve to play for a title unless there's a playoff.