LOVE: After Further Review
Tide taking home title a good thing for LSU
By BEN LOVE
Tiger Rag Acting Editor
First thing’s first: In no way, shape or form am I asking anyone in LSU country to stand up and actively cheer the recent exploits of Alabama football.
You don’t have to like ‘em. Hell, I don’t even care if you respect ‘em.
But don’t for a minute think that the Crimson Tide’s national championship triumph over Texas is a bad thing for LSU. Because it’s not.
For starters, there’s a heck of a ring to the following sentence: The SEC has won the last four BCS national championships.
After all, one’s an accident, two’s a trend and three’s a pattern. Well, what’s four? Dominance, that’s what it is. And that’s exactly what the Southeastern Conference has exuded since Florida wiped the floor with the Buckeyes in the Jan. 2007 title tilt in Arizona.
Since that game, LSU conquered crystal in N’awlins, Florida doubled its pleasure in Miami and, most recently, the Tide rolled over a McCoy-less Longhorn team in Pasadena.
This string of successes has two major ramifications, and one directly feeds into the other.
First, the Bama title sets up every true SEC contender (yes, that does include LSU) to be able to continue the chain of championships. It’s not that much of a stretch for me to see a Tiger team - reloaded with talent and more experience at key positions, as well as a fortified coaching staff - back in national powerhouse form with a more agreeable 2011 schedule. Well, thanks to Alabama doing its part, an LSU title would then be the sixth straight crown going south of the Mason-Dixon line (oh, did I mention the ‘11 title game is back in New Orleans?).
Not saying it’s going to happen, but it wouldn’t even be possible to make that claim had Texas tripped the elephants from Tuscaloosa.
The second result is even more important: The more the SEC continues to heap on the winning, the more often its teams will continue to receive the benefit of the doubt come ranking time for pollsters. It’s no mistake that the conference title game in Atlanta has turned into a national title play-in game in the latter part of the Aught Decade. If you need a refresher here, see the two-loss 2007 team LSU produced that still got the nod come BCS time.
But, if you dig deeper (and throw in some good ol’ fashion hypotheticals), the Alabama championship could have resounding effects in another way.
It could speed up the process of Saint Nick’s relocation. C’mon, you don’t really think he’s a Bama lifer, do you?
Aside from widespread reports that his wife Terry can’t stand T-town (and that she still has an apartment here in Red Stick), there’s the obvious consideration that Nick enjoys a challenge.
Resurrect LSU’s program? Check. Breathe life back into Bama’s sleeping giant? Check, and in a hurry.
Something has to be next. Five years ago this month, that something was a bolt to the NFL and the Miami Dolphins. What’ll it be next time around (say circa 2012)? Some have predicted a return to LSU. Others still - including people I trust - say Saban to Happy Valley to replace JoePa is a very real possibility. (He is after all a West Virginian by birth, not too far from PSU’s Beaver Stadium).
Anything’s possible, and that’s what the Bama win really signifies for LSU.
Ben Love is the acting editor of Tiger Rag. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.