Lsu Vs Alabama 2012
January 9, 2012 by staff
Lsu Vs Alabama 2012, The concept of a college football “national championship game” came into existence in the early 1990s, with the Bowl Coalition making the first attempt. But it didn’t gain traction or some semblance of credibility until the formation of the Bowl Championship Series in 1998.
(Yeah, credibility and BCS in the same sentence. We said it.)
The timing was ideal. In 1997, the final year before the BCS era, there was yet another split national championship. Michigan, No. 1 in both the AP and coaches polls, won the Rose Bowl and claimed the AP title. But Nebraska, second in both polls at the end of the regular season, leapfrogged the Wolverines in the coaches poll after an Orange Bowl win, thanks to some last-minute sympathy votes for coach Tom Osborne, who announced his retirement just before the game.
The BCS was supposed to take care of this problem. With all six major conferences signed on to match up the top two ranked teams at the end of each regular season, there would be no more doubt who’d be the undisputed national champion in college football.
Or so they thought. Who knew it’d be so hard to pick who’s No. 2?
In the 14 years of the BCS national championship game, just twice (2002 and 2005) have there been games between the only unbeaten teams. This problem has been perpetuated by the quirky formula of the BCS standings, a mathematical disaster originally developed by former SEC commissioner Roy Kramer. The formula has undergone at least three major facelifts, yet the problem persists partly because striking a balance between human polls and computer rankings have proved elusive.
Organizers of the BCS had a chance to find a way to remedy this issue three years ago, when now-SEC commissioner Mike Slive proposed a plus-one system, which essentially would create two semifinal games and expand the pool of teams playing for the BCS title. But it was rejected by a majority of the other commissioners.
It has worked out just fine for Slive and the SEC, which has won the last five BCS titles, with a sixth consecutive guaranteed as this season’s game will be contested between two SEC West foes, LSU and Alabama. The SEC has been able to ride its unparalleled success in the BCS era to stake a claim as the best conference in college football.
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