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AP voter says LSU can't drop out of No. 1

Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Erik Gee believes LSU can’t lose.

Oh, the Tigers can score fewer points than Alabama in the BCS title game but they can’t lose his No. 1 vote. They’ve done enough. That’s Gee’s belief and he intends reinforce it with his Associated Press ballot.

The 39-year old radio host in Albuquerque, N.M. is going to vote LSU No. 1 pretty much win or lose following the BCS title game.

“It would have to be something like a 63-0 pasting [by Alabama],” for Gee to change his mind, he told CBSSports.com this week.

His is a stance we haven’t heard of this week as talk of a split national championship starts to bubble up. Now we have a face and a name and reasons why LSU should stay No. 1 in AP. That’s the only place it could happen, by the way, if Alabama wins. The coaches’ No. 1 vote is committed to the BCS title game winner, although there have been some defectors among voting coaches over the years.

“They’ve beaten Alabama once, what else do they need to do?” Gee said of LSU.

“I honestly feel this is the first year somebody is getting screwed by the system because they beat a team on the road, won the division, won the conference and now the system is saying, ‘Play it again, this time on a neutral field.’ “

This is the first time in BCS history two teams from the same conference have met. It is the third time a team that hasn’t won its conference is playing for the title. Complicating matters is No. 1 LSU being asked to beat No. 2 Alabama again after winning the SEC and beating eight ranked teams, three of them in the top three.

Gee’s opinion shouldn’t be a shock. We have seen weirder things – this week. Nick Saban conspicuously voted Oklahoma State No. 4, seemingly attempting to hold the Cowboys underwater so they couldn’t challenge his Tide for No. 2. No coach voted Alabama lower than third. Five coaches voted Oklahoma State lower than third.

Since LSU won the SEC title game Saturday there has been some talk of a split national championship, but not in detail. Oklahoma State finished behind No. 2 Alabama by the closest margin (.0086 of a point) since the BCS formula was changed in 2004. The last split national title occurred in 2003 when USC remained No. 1 in AP. LSU, which beat Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, won the BCS title.

Gee graduated from Oklahoma but his second choice for college was LSU. He considers himself a passionate and educated college football fan. On Sunday, he voted Oklahoma State No. 2 in his latest AP ballot.

“Not because I believe they deserve to play in the national championship but because I believe they and Alabama should get to play for [second place]. LSU should get to kick back and watch everyone else make fools of themselves.”

As for the realistic chances of a split national championship? So far, Gee seems to have a lot of support.  For the last four weeks, all 60 voters were unanimous in voting LSU No. 1. Would a close Alabama win -- say, three points -- convince the majority of those 60 to keep LSU at No. 1?

“I think the majority of them [voters] would vote Alabama No. 1 [if the Tide won],” Gee said. “But if it’s a close game, there’s enough of them out there to go, ‘I’m not changing the vote.’ “

You want more? Listen to Gee on “The Sports Bar” weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on KNML in Albuquerque.

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Comments

Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:06 am
 

AP voter says LSU can't drop out of No. 1

College football is such a joke....why even play the games? Better yet, the NCAA should play out the entire season on XBOX or Playstation and just post the results on New Years Day. 



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:06 am
 

AP voter says LSU can't drop out of No. 1

way to go Gee!  You are now a hero or at least a celebrity!  it is ok though cause in the end LSU will reauxll the Gumps.
Little Nickie is a snake and will bolt Bama for UTexas when the pressure gets too high after LSU pastes them in the Dome



Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:26 am
 

AP voter says LSU can't drop out of No. 1

This posting by Dodd is what I have been trying say and Dodd you did an awesome job.  The quote, (“I honestly feel this is the first year somebody is getting screwed by the system because they beat a team on the road, won the division, won the conference and now the system is saying, ‘Play it again, this time on a neutral field.’) tells it like it is.  Saw one LSU fan says they do not deserve it if they don't beat Alabama.  Yes you do deserve it, according to the way the BCS works.  So how does that four game playoff sound now?



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:25 am
 

AP voter says LSU can't drop out of No. 1

Please read my comment which was posted 12/7 at 6:50 p.m.:

LSU fans don't want the AP to declare them "split national champions"!
We recognized tht it was a travesty when they tried to declare USC a "split national champion" in 2003 and it would be a travesty now.
If we can't beat Bama again, we're not the national champion. Period!
The BCS determines the only national champion!


The AP is a bunch of media goons who will do anything to stir up a controversy so they'll have something to write about.

It has as much business picking a national champion as Golf Digest.  




Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:16 am
 

AP voter says LSU can't drop out of No. 1

If you had watched the LSU-Oregon game, you would have seen the play where KeKe Mingo ran James down in the backfield from the other end of the line.
You would also have seen the one time he broke free and Brandon Taylor ran him down for a modest gain.
LSU has beaten THREE teams that are playing in BCS bowls and now has to play one of them twice!




Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:52 am
 

AP voter says LSU can't drop out of No. 1

The voters put Alabama in the NC game out of bias - at least 65% of the public did not want to see this matchup again.  It's time to put an end to this monopoly built on lies.  



Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:21 am
 

AP voter says LSU can't drop out of No. 1

if lsu or bama just showed up with the defense ok st would lose and the reaso why okst has like the #60 rush off in country and the 107th ranked d



Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:17 am
 

AP voter says LSU can't drop out of No. 1

Name one quality team that LSU has "blown out of the water". They beat an Oregon team that was without LaMichael James and, according to you, they tied Alabama. 

What have they done to prove they could demolish a good team? 



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:14 am
 

AP voter says LSU can't drop out of No. 1

I hope Alabama wins but the AP still votes LSU # 1.  That way, all the LSU fans who say they are the one and only champion in 2003 would either shut up about 2003 or NOT accept that LSU is co-champions this year.



Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:12 am
 

AP voter says LSU can't drop out of No. 1

Rebel Force- you don't seriously believe that the fatal plane crash with OSU coaches didn't play a factor in the Iowa State loss, do you? It's not like OSU got blown out, they just weren't focused. Besides, they still had a harder schedule than Bama.

As far as the BCS is concerned, I know the SEC is going to be in it as long as they have long-term contracts with CBS and ESPN. The SEC is great at producing one elite team, a couple of good teams, and a bunch of stinkers (people forget that MSU, Ole Miss, UK, Vandy, Tenn., Florida and Auburn are still in the SEC); this is just like any other conference. 


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