Prior to Alabama defeating LSU 21-0 in the National Championship game Monday night, there was much controversy as to who would be crowned as champions following the game.
After all, LSU beat Alabama on their home turf in November. The National Championship game was played on a neutral field (even though LSU may have had a slight advantage with the game being played in New Orleans.)
Furthermore, LSU had five wins agains the top 25 this season, with four of them coming on the road. They won the SEC, including the SEC Championship game over Arkansas. Alabama did not even win their own division.
So, should Alabama beat LSU, say 12-9 in the championship game, who would the champion really be?
Luckily for everyone that supports the BCS, Alabama made a pretty definitive statement as far as who the best team in the country really was on Monday night. It could have been much worse.
Still, there are some writers who said going into the game that they would still vote LSU #1 in the AP poll regardless of the outcome of the championship game.
How crazy is that?
I’m not even talking about the fact that there are voters who would still put LSU over Alabama. I actually see the logic there and agree with those who would want to make a statement for LSU based on their regular season success.
But what sticks out to me is the fact that the multi-billion dollar corporation that is NCAA athletics is still playing under a system that does not crown a definitive champion.
Think about everything that anyone has ever done in life. We all want to be the best at what we do. Personally, from the time I took the mound at age 5 at Colgate Park with my little league team, I wanted to win my division. I wanted to be crowned champion at the end of the year.
MLB has a clear World Series champion. The NFL has a clear Super Bowl winner. Same with the NBA and NHL. Same with the World Cup. Same with NCAA basketball.