Congratulations to the Alabama Crimson Tide for winning the BCS National Championship. The Tide came out and just slugged LSU in the mouth shutting out the Tigers 21-0. This game was ugly with the only touchdown scored off a Trent Richardson run late in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. There’s a few things that this game taught us.
1. Alabama’s Defense is really really good.
They were the best in the nation coming into the game and proved it again Monday night. Alabama dominated in the trenches allowing LSU to cross midfield only once. Brent Musburger even joked that “Alabama is guarding midfield like it’s the endzone.”
2. Nick Saban is the best coach in college football
Who is better? Saban has won three national titles. You give this man more than a month to plan and it’s lights out for the opponent. Alabama didn’t commit a single penalty the entire game. That’s discipline and focus. Whatever Saban does to garner the team’s attention it works to perfection.
3. Les Miles was out coached
Nick Saban usually out coaches everyone since he is the best, but Les Miles didn’t do himself any favors on Monday. He stuck with Jordan Jefferson despite his QB being clearly rattled. He played conservative and wasn’t creative on the offensive end. It was perplexing.
4. The time between the last game of the season and the BCS Championship game is way to long
This goes for all bowl games and is why the system is so ridiculous. Neither team looked like a complete team. You can give a lot of credit to defenses, but both offenses aren’t really that great to begin with. In fact both offenses are pretty mediocre. You don’t want to take anything away from Alabama’s effort on defense, but it’s hard not to point out the fact that they were facing a pedestrian offense. The time lag between games exposes these deficiencies.
5. It’s time for a college football playoff
This one is obvious. There was a reason there was so much resistance to seeing a rematch of the November 5th game. This would have been a perfect semi-final game especially if it were played in December only a week or two after the SEC Championship game. It would have worked better as a national championship game if both teams would have advanced their semi-final round. Who wouldn’t want to see Alabama and Stanford in one bracket play the winner of LSU and Oklahoma State? Then we would have more football, the teams would be fresher and the games more entertaining.
Ah but the college football playoff is still a pipe dream. We all have to hope the college football power brokers come to their senses and change the system into something that makes sense. Despite despising the current system, I have no problem congratulating Alabama for a fine year and a fantastic performance in this game. What a great season. They are true BCS National Champions. It’s not their fault the current set up is stupid. All those young men did today was play their tails off. They deserve all the credit in the world. Now it’s time for the big boys to step up and make the right decisions to make this an even greater product.