College Football

Giglio: Why the Tide deserves No. 1

Staff WriterJanuary 11, 2012 

Note: Staff writer J.P. Giglio is one of 60 voters for The Associated Press' college football poll.

After Louisiana State's 21-0 loss to Alabama in the Bowl Championship Series title game Monday night, Tigers coach Les Miles stopped short of asking Associated Press voters for a split national title. Even he knew it was a lost cause after his team's uninspired performance.

Alabama, with the first shutout in a BCS title game, left no room for doubt Monday night at the Superdome - despite a 9-6 regular-season loss to LSU - that it was the better team. And that's why I voted the Crimson Tide No. 1 in my AP ballot.

A close loss by LSU, and I would have voted for the Tigers. The teams split their two games this season, and LSU had a better resume, with wins against Oregon, West Virginia and Georgia.

"This football team has as quality a run as there is in this country," Miles said. "Played eight nationally ranked teams. Played in six stadiums before the SEC championship game, which we won as well. I think this team accomplished a lot. I think that's for the voters to figure."

In this particular case - the second rematch in college football's convoluted but distinguished history of the mythical national championship - every avenue is worth exploring.

To argue otherwise would be both myopic and guilty of conforming with a fraudulent system for the sake of conformity.

There is nothing "embarrassing" or nonsensical - as an ESPN radio host and Yahoo! Sports have characterized my deliberations - about evaluating the entire season. You shouldn't vote simply because the "BCS says so."

But that's not how the game played out Monday. With its dominant performance - and by holding LSU to 92 yards of offense absolutely meets the definition - Alabama closed the door on any alternative arguments for the AP's champion.

As for the rest of the Top 25, the disappointing finish for the ACC (a 2-6 bowl record) is reflected in where I had the top two teams - No. 22 Clemson and No. 23 Virginia Tech.

Florida State made the AP poll (at No. 23) but not my ballot.

Giglio's poll

Rank

Previous

1.

Alabama

(3)

2.

LSU

(1)

3.

Oklahoma State

(2)

4.

Boise State

(4)

5.

USC

(5)

6.

Oregon

(6)

7.

Arkansas

(8)

8.

South Carolina

(9)

9.

Michigan State

(11)

10.

Stanford

(7)

11.

Michigan

(13)

12.

Wisconsin

(10)

13.

Baylor

(15)

14.

TCU

(12)

15.

West Virginia

(23)

16.

Oklahoma

(19)

17.

Southern Miss

(20)

18.

Houston

(21)

19.

Kansas State

(14)

20.

Georgia

(18)

21.

Cincinnati

(NR)

22.

Clemson

(16)

23.

Virginia Tech

(17)

24.

Auburn

(NR)

25.

Nebraska

(22)

Out: Arkansas State (24), Penn State (25)

jgiglio@newsobserver.com or twitter.com/jpgiglio

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