LSU, Alabama to play for national title

Tigers, Tide to competefor it all in New Orleans

 

Play it again, Louisiana State University and Alabama.

The Crimson Tide edged out Oklahoma State in the final round of voting Sunday and will play the top-ranked Tigers in the BCS national championship game on Jan. 9 in New Orleans.

Undefeated LSU is the only team to beat Alabama all year, and the top BCS official sees a do-over as a perfectly good title game.

“Absolutely, if they’re 1 and 2, and they are in all the polls released today,” executive director Bill Hancock said.

Still, it’s not exactly a game the public was clamoring for – at least outside of Southeastern Conference territory. And it will do nothing to quiet the critics of the Bowl Championship Series or the calls for a college football playoff.

The Cowboys made a late surge by beating Oklahoma 44-10 on Saturday night, and closed the gap between themselves and Alabama in the polls. But it was not enough to avoid the first title game rematch in the 14-year history of the BCS.

The Tigers (13-0) beat the Tide 9-6 in overtime on Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa.

“This could be a totally different type of game,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “There’s so many good players on both sides of the ball for both teams.

“There’s so much opportunity for this game to play out completely different and have a completely different flavor than the first game.”

Alabama (11-1) finished second in both the Harris and coaches’ polls by a wide enough margin to make up for the fact that Oklahoma State was ahead in the computer ratings.

The Cowboys (11-1), champions of the Big 12, will play in the Fiesta Bowl against Stanford from the Pac-12.

The other BCS matchups are:

• Michigan vs. Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl

• Clemson vs. West Virginia in the Orange Bowl.

• Oregon vs. Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

No BCS busters made it into the big money games this year, teams such as Boise State, Texas Christian or Houston, which had a chance but lost in the Conference USA championship on Saturday to Southern Mississippi.

BCS BOWLS

BCS Championship:

Louisiana State (13-0) vs. Alabama (11-1), 8:30 p.m., Jan. 9 (ESPN)

Rose Bowl: Oregon (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (11-2), 5 p.m., Jan. 2 (ESPN)

Fiesta Bowl: Stanford (11-1) vs. Oklahoma State (11-1), 8:30 p.m., Jan. 2 (ESPN)

Sugar Bowl: Michigan (10-2) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2), 8 p.m., Jan. 3 (ESPN)

Orange Bowl:

West Virginia (9-3) vs. Clemson (10-3), 8 p.m., Jan. 4 (ESPN)

BCS Standings

Avg. Pv

1. LSU 1.0000 1

2. Alabama .9419 2

3. Oklahoma State .9333 3

4. Stanford .8476 4

5. Oregon .7901 9

6. Arkansas .7687 8

7. Boise State .7408 7

8. Kansas State .6827 11

9. South Carolina .6553 12

10. Wisconsin .6374 15

11. Virginia Tech .5190 5

12. Baylor .4977 17

13. Michigan .4794 16

14. Oklahoma .4603 10

15. Clemson .4218 20

16. Georgia .4119 14

17. Michigan State .3883 13

18. TCU .3869 18

19. Houston .3504 6

20. Nebraska .2606 19

21. Southern Miss .1918 24

22. Penn State .1305 21

23. West Virginia .1233 23

24. Texas .0876 22

25. Auburn .0584 NR

 

AP Top 25

Record Pts Pv

1. LSU (60) 13-0 1,500 1

2. Alabama 11-1 1,418 2

3. Oklahoma State 11-1 1,400 3

4. Stanford 11-1 1,283 4

5. Southern Cal 10-2 1,179 9

6. Oregon 11-2 1,170 8

7. Arkansas 10-2 1,148 6

8. Boise State 11-1 1,107 9

9. Wisconsin 11-2 1,038 15

10. South Carolina 10-2 946 14

11. Kansas State 10-2 829 16

12. Michigan State 10-3 733 11

13. Michigan 10-2 707 17

14. Clemson 10-3 663 21

15. Baylor 9-3 656 19

16. TCU 10-2 632 18

17. Virginia Tech 11-2 591 5

18. Georgia 10-3 566 12

19. Oklahoma 9-3 386 13

20. Houston 12-1 370 7

21. Nebraska 9-3 363 20

22. Southern Miss 11-2 336 24

23. West Virginia 9-3 199 22

24. Penn State 9-3 129 23

25. Florida State 8-4 49 25

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 23, Cincinnati 22, Arkansas State 18, BYU 12, Georgia Tech 7, Northern Illinois 7, Missouri 5, Virginia 5, Tulsa 2, Louisville 1.

 

USA Today Top 25

Record Pts Pv

1. LSU (59) 13-0 1,475 1

2. Alabama 11-1 1,399 2

3. Oklahoma State 11-1 1,367 5

4. Stanford 11-1 1,286 4

5. Oregon 11-2 1,232 7

6. Boise State 11-1 1,128 8

7. Arkansas 10-2 1,112 10

8. Wisconsin 11-2 1,085 12

9. South Carolina 10-2 971 13

10. Kansas State 10-2 878 15

11. Virginia Tech 11-2 835 3

12. Michigan 10-2 789 16

13. Michigan State 10-3 735 9

14. Clemson 10-3 657 21

15. TCU 10-2 631 17

16. Baylor 9-3 599 18

17. Houston 12-1 542 6

18. Georgia 10-3 538 14

19. Oklahoma 9-3 437 11

20. Nebraska 9-3 402 19

21. Southern Miss 11-2 366 23

22. West Virginia 9-3 278 20

23. Penn State 9-3 189 22

24. Cincinnati 9-3 94 25

25. Florida State 8-4 68 24

Others receiving votes: Brigham Young 20; Northern Illinois 14; Missouri 11; Georgia Tech 10; Arkansas State 9; Notre Dame 9; Virginia 5; Louisiana Tech 2; Rutgers 1; Texas 1.

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