Will Wisconsin Really Be Big Ten Champion?
My question, then, is: how is that any different from Michigan State having to play Wisconsin again in the Big 10 Championship game? Through the system (BCS or just conference standings) both Wisconsin and Alabama have proved themselves to be the second best team in the Big 10 and country, respectively. Therefore shouldn't the same argument hold true?
To take it a step further, Clemson has already beaten Virgina Tech in the regular season, and yet has to face them again in the ACC Championship game this weekend.
So does this mean that conferences should be so big that there is no possible way the winners of each division could potentially play each other in the regular season?
Honestly, people complained about the BCS system when there was only a rotating championship or when the President of the United States would pick the champion among the remaining undefeated teams. At least now we have a championship game. The argument for a playoff doesn't insure that two teams that have already faced each other won't in the post season. Maybe through a playoff system more people will feel that a team like Alabama will have proved their worth. However, Alabama's only loss is to top ranked LSU, in over time. Oklahoma State lost to an unranked Iowa State in two overtimes in their second to last game of the season.
This is all not to say that the BCS is a perfect system. However, as the system is set up, Alabama proved themselves to be the second highest ranked team in the country. The argument that LSU already beat them should either be extended to the similarly situated conference championships, or it should be recognized that on any given day anything can happen in college football.
Maybe you just want to see a new match up (which I would prefer as well), but that doesn't mean Alabama doesn't deserve to be there.