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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: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:47 pm
 

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

EVERY YEAR MORE AND MORE CONTROVERY.... Lets look at 2009 in the NFL. The New England Patriots finish 16-0 beating the giants the last game of the season. They make it to the super bowl and the giants win... Does this mean New England should still be the champs?? This argument is the most ridiculous thing I have heard in years. If the BCS National title game is for the national title then the winner is the champ!! Period. If not don't call it a national championship game.  PARALYSIS BY OVER ANALYSIS PEOPLE




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:26 pm
 

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

This is a perfect example of why college football needs a playoff system, so morons like this don't have any say in who is the NC.  If the Packers go undefeated in the NFL should they be the NFL champs and not have to play in the super bowl, but have the super bowl decide 2nd place?  This guy (Gee) is a prime example of a media type chode that takes himself way too serious.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:22 pm
 

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

"If it weren't for SEC-biased preseason rankings this wouldn't even be an issue. How does Alabama deserve a shot at the NCG when they scored fewer points vs LSU than Georgia and they were AT HOME! I don't care what a team is ranked when you play them (even Auburn was ranked top 20 at one point), what matters is your end of year ranking. Guess who has more games (and wins) vs. top-25 teams? It's not Alabama, it's OSU. 

The fact there were voters that put 5 SEC teams in the top 9 slots tells you all you need to know." 

What an idiotic post. LSU scored 491 points in 11 non-Alabama games (44.636 average) and were held to 9 by Alabama, six in regulation. Georgia scored 10 and lost by 32. And Oklahoma was the preseason No. 1 team genius. LSU and Alabama were by far the best two teams in college football to anyone who knows anything about college football. Oklahoma State: despite being not as talented as Alabama, all they had to do was hold onto a 24-7 lead against Iowa State and the Cowboys couldn't. End of story. Best two teams playing for the championship.




Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:15 pm
 

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

If it weren't for SEC-biased preseason rankings this wouldn't even be an issue. How does Alabama deserve a shot at the NCG when they scored fewer points vs LSU than Georgia and they were AT HOME! I don't care what a team is ranked when you play them (even Auburn was ranked top 20 at one point), what matters is your end of year ranking. Guess who has more games (and wins) vs. top-25 teams? It's not Alabama, it's OSU. 

The fact there were voters that put 5 SEC teams in the top 9 slots tells you all you need to know. 



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:08 pm
 

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

I say LSU will beat Alabama anyway. But i will not consider them champs. Not because I don't like them, it's because it's BS that they get another shot. We already had this game Alabama coked and were out played and out coached. LSU is deserving but only if they win. If they win we have A champion if not we don't.



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:02 pm
 

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

If the Tide played LSU 10 times,they would lose 10 times.it won't be close this time,then everybody will start bitching about the rematch.SEC has very good Football,but this year the really only have 3 good Teams.



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:54 pm
 

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

I am tired of reading about Alabama DESERVING to play in National Championship game, here is why  ALABAMA would have beaten LSU on NOV 5, if they had a kicking game, would peopele be saying that LSU deserved another shot?  NO WAY.    LSU loses, do they get another chance?  Anyone who voted for OK State lower then third should have their voting privileges away.  problem is with coaches!




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:53 pm
 

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

Dodd is pathetic. Some nobody voter from east bum f** New Mexico says he isn't going to change is vote, and that's a story including a plug for the loser's radio show? Alabama lost a 3-point game that turned on a bullcrap interception call on the goal line, a game that the Alabama kicker missed four field goals and a game that Alabama had 285239 more yards and more first downs. These two teams are far and away the best two teams in college football and the first game wasjustthisclose. So people are tired of the SEC dominating? I am too. But the goal of the BCS is to match the best two teams, not the best team and the next most popular. Don't blame the voters. Blame Oklahoma State for crapping away a 17 point lead to Iowa State.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:52 pm
 

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

Who cares? It's all bullsit anyway. What would it prove if Alabama wins? That there the best?

I keep hearing that every sport has championsip and there can be a rematch. They fail to mention that all those sports have playoffs.

I hear it's OK to have two teams from the same conference? That's crap. The've played already. What does a rematch prove?

The fact is A national champ does not exist without a playoff. It's a popularity contest.





Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:52 pm
 

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

Dodd is pathetic. Some nobody voter from east bum f** New Mexico says he isn't going to change is vote, and that's a story including a plug for the loser's radio show? Alabama lost a 3-point game that turned on a bullcrap interception call on the goal line, a game that the Alabama kicker missed four field goals and a game that Alabama had 284-239 more yards and more touchdowns. These two teams are far and away the best two teams in college football and the first game wasjustthisclose. So people are tired of the SEC dominating? I am too. But the goal of the BCS is to match the best two teams, not the best team and the next most popular. Don't blame the voters. Blame Oklahoma State for crapping away a 17 point lead to Iowa State.


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