For most of America, last night’s BCS “National Championship Game” had all the importance of the GMAC Bowl from the night before. And half of the excitement. Crow all you want LSU fans, very few people outside of Louisiana think you won an actual national title. Sure you got your crystal ball by beating a vastly overrated Ohio State team (they lost to Illinois at home for Christ’s sake) 38-24 in the Superdome last night, and hey, maybe you guys would have won a legit title if you had faced one of the other best teams in the country. But you didn’t.
Right now, virtually everyone in the country agrees that USC and Georgia were playing the best football of anyone in the nation at the end of this season. LSU should drop to their knees and thank Les Miles’ thinning hair that they didn’t have to face either one of those teams. For those who say LSU’s losses were “better losses” than USC’s I say who cares? A loss is a loss. Besides, both of USC’s losses came with multiple injuries at key positions. Four-fifths of their offensive line was missing in the 24-23 loss to Stanford, they were down to their fourth-string corner back and quarterback John David Booty had a broken finger which caused him to throw four interceptions. Then they dropped a road game to a fantastic Oregon team (at the time with Dennis Dixon), with their backup quarterback.
As for Georgia, they lost to South Carolina 16-12 on September 8 and fell at Tennessee 35-14 on October 6. That’s the same Tennessee team that almost knocked off the nominal national champs in the SEC title game and probably would have if not for Erik Ainge’s utter incompetence. That guy better get a championship ring from LSU, they owe him big time.
Let’s also not forget that LSU lost to Arkansas 50-48 at home in the last week of the regular season. Yes, the same Arkansas team that got blasted 38-7 by Missouri in its bowl game and ended the season with five losses. The loss to Arkansas came on November 23. Georgia’s last loss came on October 6 and USC’s was on October 27.
Look, I’m not saying Georgia or USC deserved to be in the “title game” more than LSU, what I’m saying is they have a valid gripe and don’t have any less of a claim than LSU did. And, I’m sorry, after watching the Tigers play last night, I’m not really that impressed. Great D-line, nice secondary and solid linebackers, but that’s really it. I still have no idea why Jacob Hester gets the ball more than Keiland Williams, who is one of the most physically gifted running backs I’ve ever seen. And, to paraphrase Mark Cuban, I wouldn’t trust Matt Flynn to run a Dairy Queen, let alone my offense.
Basically what I’m saying is that last night LSU essentially won just another bowl game. There was no more significance to it than any of the other BCS games. Pretty much everyone knows the Tigers came out on top of a flawed system, and to the people who say “well it’s the system we have…” shut up. We shouldn’t just be OK with something because it’s all we have at the moment. The mythical national championship is exactly that this year, mythical. No one cares. So to LSU fans, we know you love to gloat and ignore the things that really matter – like, say common sense – but this year, you might want to tone it down a bit. You really haven’t won anything.