BCS blame game

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:52 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS - As rematches go, this one was a dud. As national championship games go, even worse.

So who to blame for the lack of dramatics in Monday’s 21-0 Alabama Crimson Tide whitewash of the LSU Tigers?

Judging from the anger of LSU fans in the aftermath, coach Les Miles is on the hot seat for not switching quarterbacks at half-time.

It worked in the regular-season meeting when the switch was made and, with Jordan Jefferson unable to move the ball past midfield on MAonday despite good field position, a switch to Jarrett Lee couldn’t have gone any worse.

But the real reason this one was so tough on the eyes at times was the lack of offence on either side of the ball. While the defences, particularly the speedy, savage Alabama unit, are virtually pro-ready, the offences on both side lagged far behind.

LSU, especially, had no answer for the game or game plan the Tide brought on defence.

'BAMA STATE OF MIND

Not only has the SEC won the past six national championships ­— a run that drives conferences such as the Big 10 crazy — the crystal trophy will reside in the state of Alabama for the third consecutive year.

Why is college sports so popular in the state that has seen Alabama, Auburn and Alabama take the title the past three years? Tide coach Nick Saban has a theory.

“I think that passion is probably there because we don’t have pro sports in our state and everybody relates to the college programs we have,” Saban said Tuesday morning. “It’s been that way for a long time and I think it makes it special and maybe a little unique that we have that kind of situation.

THE VOTES ARE IN

Tigers coach Miles made a mild pitch for a share of the national title at his post-game press conference. Thankfully, none of the voters in the writers’ poll took him seriously.

There had been threats pregame from some voters who were presumably trying to make a point that they would vote for LSU even if they lost because of the perceived mistake of the rematch national championship game between the two SEC teams.

That would have been a bigger joke than the system, of course, so at least common sense prevailed as the Tide recorded the first shutout in BCS championship history. The top five in the final writers’ poll, with first-place votes:

1. Alabama (55)

2. LSU (1)

3. Oklahoma State (4)

4. Oregon

5. Arkansas

As an aside, here’s hoping the four that voted Okie State first have their democratic right taken away next season.

TOUGH TOWN

Miles knows it will be a long off-season in Baton Rouge, where passions about the team boil over even in good times.

But the second-guessing began in one of the more bizarre press conferences we’ve seen as a still shaken Miles sat down to face the music shortly after Monday’s game.

For the first question, NFL quarterback Bobby Hebert, a New Orleans radio commentator and father of backup LSU O-lineman T-Bob Hebert, launched into a rant about the Tigers’ offensive ineptitude. With no sign of it ending, a moderator interrupted and asked him if there was a question in there.

Hebert’s response?

“Coach, did you ever consider bringing in Jarrett Lee, considering that you weren’t taking any chances? Now, I know Alabama’s defence is dominant. But come on, that’s ridiculous: five first downs?”

We’re guessing young T-Bob isn’t moving up the Tigers depth chart any time soon.


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