The computers and the voters and the battalion of ESPNheads have given us a Big Bowl matchup.
LSU and Alabama playing for the national championship? The national championship of the Confederacy, maybe. The best teams Dixie can offer.
National championship? More like a regional championship. Telecast it on SportSouth.
LSU-Bama is very distasteful to college football, but not for the reasons the Southeastern Conference will claim. They will say jealousy.
Untrue. This matchup stinks because while we almost surely have identified the best team in America, we absolutely have identified who is not.
The Crimson Tide.
That's what makes it a bummer for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys likely would have met the same fate awaiting Alabama – a decisive LSU victory – but it would have been fun and beneficial for the Cowboys to spend the next month in the glow of a national title game and take their bats against the best.
The experience in New Orleans would have been miserable. Trying to beat LSU in the Bayou is bad enough, darn near impossible, but spending a week around LSU's crude and rude fans would have cured the Cowboys of any designs on ever returning to Louisiana.
So in truth, a Fiesta Bowl against Stanford is more than quite the consolation prize.
Great locale. Great bowl. Great matchup, No. 3 vs. No. 4. Great quarterback derby. Great stadium. Civilized fan base coming from California.
The Cowboys can go play Stanford and with a win can play the martyr for the next decade or so. We shoulda been a contender.
Kudos to Mike Gundy, who stayed classy Sunday night on ESPN when talking about OSU's disappointment. The 44-10 Bedlam rout Saturday night has the Cowboys feeling pretty good about themselves, which they should. It would be easy for Gundy to play the victim, but he didn't.
“We were very disappointed,” Gundy said. “We had a tough loss, but we came back and did everything we could do to dominate the game against Oklahoma.
“We also believe in the system. For whatever reason, we came up a little bit short. Obviously, wasn't enough people out there that wanted to see the Big 12 champion compete against the SEC champion.”
And in truth, the Cowboys have no one to blame but themselves. Beat Iowa State, hang on to a 24-7 lead, and OSU would be headed for Bourbon Street while the Samsung prattled on about Alabama's greatness.
My dismay over the rematch is not that OSU got left out. It's that everyone not coached by Nick Saban got left out.
The BCS mantra – every game counts – has been exposed. Not only does every game not count, the biggest game of the season doesn't count.
LSU's 9-6 overtime victory, that Game of the Century in Tuscaloosa – the game of the 19th century, someone called it – didn't mean anything. It was the SEC title game, that's what it was. Nothing more.
That every-game-counts nonsense has been de-bunked.
But don't take it personal, Cowboys. No one's out to get you. The SEC cartel is out to get everyone who doesn't play in Dixie. Boone Pickens was right Saturday night when he said it looks like the SEC is running a closed system.
So go West, Cowboys. Go to Phoenix, beat Stanford, finish No. 3 behind LSU and twice-beaten Alabama, and walk tall. OSU's first major bowl trip in 66 years is a total winner.
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