There has been some big news in how college football is going to handle the end of the season starting in a couple of years (Also check out this post on my ratings site with top 4 lists from the past few seasons), but I canít help but think about the end to the most-recent season.
As you might have guessed, Iím still slightly traumatized by the way college football ended 6 months ago. At first, I couldnít even listen to ďSweet Home AlabamaĒ. While Iíve gotten over that, I was still moderately offended by what appeared to be a houndstooth wall in a hotel room I stayed in recently, for example.
I also donít like that Monarchy of Roses song by Red Hot Chili Peppers (which mentions a ďcrimson tide is flowingĒ), but that might just be because itís not a good song.
Itís not just because Iím an LSU fan. Itís also because of the special regard I have for the University of Alabama. Iíll explain. Unlike most other teams, LSU does not have an unquestionable #1 rival. The most equally reciprocated rivalry is probably that with Arkansas, but I think Hogs fans would still rather beat Texas despite that being an irregular rivalry in the last couple of decades. Texas of course seems more interested in their rivalries with Texas A&M and Oklahoma (or I guess I should use past tense in the former case). I donít know if Iím representative of most LSU fans, but if the Tigers could only beat one team all year, I would choose Alabama. I donít really care if Alabama regards its rivalries with Tennessee and Auburn as more important. Iím generally happy to cheer for them to lose to the Vols or to those other Tigers too.
Something else that bothered me was that LSU had successfully navigated the great SEC without a single loss. This included 8 regular-season conference games and a game against a ninth team in the SEC championship. Also, the Fighting Tigers had beaten Oregon and West Virginia, who each went on to win BCS bowls, and had not lost out of conference.
Despite the change of heart by the voters in 2006 to avoid a rematch scenario, I knew it would happen one of these years, but for this team, my team, to have to play a team they had already beaten on the road in order to claim a championship, that especially wasnít right, even before knowing the result. If LSU had lost a game to another team, then I would have had absolutely no problem with it. But in the ONE game to win a national championship (after already winning 13), they had to line up against this same team again? You canít pretend thatís the same thing as playing and beating a new opponent.
I also wasnít a stranger to history. I knew that although LSU beat Ole Miss in 1959 on Billy Cannonís historic punt return, Ole Miss would win the Sugar Bowl (by a score of 21-0) in a rematch.
Billy Cannon on his way to the end zone on October 31, 1959.
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