What's truly amazing to me is that before the BCS, USC would be considered the undisputed national champion, when there are virtually no numbers that suggest that they were the best team in the nation.
All the numbers suggest that the teams were fairly even. People used their eyes to judge that they were. Right or wrong, that's how it was. I agree that it'd have been a crime for LSU to not get the split. Of course, I think if USC had not got a split, it'd be an equal crime, which I doubt you'd agree with, but that's just my objectivity talking.
Sure there are lies, d**n lies, and statistics, but when there are no numbers to support a claim, why are so many people making it?
While I'm not sure why you'd want to get into a pissing contest when all then numbers are so close (as if that should be the only factor), here's some. Shutouts, USC - 2, LSU - 0. Blowout losses, LSU - 1, USC - 0. Home record, USC - 6-0, LSU - 6-1 (5-1 against I-A). Both teams were 12-1 against I-A teams, both teams were 6-1 against bowl teams, both teams were 10-1 against BCS teams. USC offense scored 41.1 points per game, LSU a mere 33.9. And, if we want to take this selective stat idiocy farther, we can point out the USC was undefeated against ranked teams, LSU was not.
What does it all mean? The numbers for both teams are very similar. Though most of the voters though USC was a better team, nobody knows for sure and it'd been a crime to deny LSU. It's a split title. Get over it.
Al Gore has more of a claim to the White House than USC has to the National Championship.
If the writers played it how they saw it, what did they see? I think they saw the city of L.A. and the city of B.R., and L.A. is prettier to them.
Maybe I'm a dolt, and maybe I need "theropy," but when I ask people to show me why USC was the best team in the land, the only answer seems to be something to the effect of, "They just were."
Remember in algebra class when you had to "show your work" to get full credit for your answer? I'd like to see the voters' "work." Is there any? Or was USC the best team because "They just were?" That's what their vote means? That's it
Democracy no longer decides championships. It may decide who gets to be the President, but this