Alabama Rolls Over Louisiana State to Win BCS National Championship - With all due respect to Barry Larkin who was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday, the only thing you're going to hear around the water cooler this morning is chatter about the BCS National Championship game (and grumblings about why your office still has a dinky water cooler and not one of those cool single cup coffee machines). What's a BCS? Who's champion of what now? Let's start at the beginning.
The BCS stands for Bowl Championship Series. Introduced in 1998, it's a really complicated system that uses polls, computers, and the diaries of Eleanor Roosevelt to rank the Division 1 college football teams. Everyone hates it and wishes the NCAA would return to its old method of deciding a national champion based on which team had the best float in the Rose Parade. But what the BCS does do is ensure that the #1 an #2 teams in the country match up against each other in a championship game. And that's the game that was played last night.
The #1 ranked Louisiana State Tigers (the purple and yellow dudes) came into the game with an undefeated regular season record of 13-0, while the Alabama Crimson Tide (the crimson ones) were ranked #2 at 12-1. Both teams play in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Yeah, that's a good conference. These teams faced each other two months ago in the so-called "Game of the Century" when both were undefeated, and LSU won 9-6.
So what happened in the rematch last night? LSU got destroyed. Alabama's defense was like a crimson tidal wave, not allowing LSU to get across mid-field until there were 8 minutes left in the game! 'Bama scored its first 15 points on 5 field goals, which is interesting because all the points scored in their first match-up also came from field goals. A touchdown was finally delivered late in the 4th quarter to seal the win for Alabama, 21-0.
Now all that's left to do is argue about who truly deserves to be national champs until September!
SOME NAMES OF GUYS YOU MIGHT HEAR TOSSED AROUND
- Nick Saban (Alabama coach)
- Les Miles (LSU coach)
- Trent Richardson (Alabama running back, Heisman finalist)
- Honey Badger (nickname of LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, Heisman finalist)
- Brent Musburger (ESPN broadcaster, gambling addict)
SOME FACTS THAT COULD LOOSELY BE CONSIDERED "FUN"
- First shutout in BCS National Championship history
- First time a #1 team was shutout since 1996
- First coach to win three BCS Championships (Nick Saban, who won previously with LSU in 2003 and Alabama in 2009)
- LSU profited $47 million from their football program this year; Alabama $45.2 million
- Nick Saban earned over $5 million this year; Les Miles $4 million
- The players made $0