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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: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:05 pm
 

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

Major College Football National Champion = Biggest Annual Joke



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Nick Saban just lost all my respect

I guess this was big news I missed about Saban voting OK State #3. That is a travesty just to keep his boys in the title hunt. He should definitely lose his right to vote. That 'Bama fans are the only ones who think the system is working. If  being part of a small minority doesn't enlighten you that you are marching to the beat of a different drummer, nothing will. All this talk about a split championship assumes Alabama will beat LSU, I don't think that is happening. The one's being cheated are the other teams that should have had their chance. Alabama had theirs. BCS should definitely change qualification rules to prevent this from ever happening again. The BCS is taking SHAM to a whole new level of meaning.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:04 pm
 

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

That's exactly what we need - open minded voters.
He should lost his right to vote in the future.
If Bama wins in New Orleans, they will be the national champions with the crystal football.
Bama will not lose to LSU twice in one season.
Yes, they will.



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:47 pm
 

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

The more I read the comments here the more I realize the absolute truth.

There are those that freely admit the SEC is by far the best conference in all of college football; and

There are those that know it deep down but just won't admit it no matter what.





Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:45 pm
 

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

Anyone who thinks this is a "neutral field" is an absolute moron!



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:27 pm
 

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

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Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:23 pm
 

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

That's exactly what we need - open minded voters.
He should lost his right to vote in the future.
If Bama wins in New Orleans, they will be the national champions with the crystal football.
Bama will not lose to LSU twice in one season.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:10 pm
 

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

So what good would his vote be, if Ala, gets the crystal Ball, and LSU gets his vote, I'll take the ball, LSU can have the vote.



Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:56 pm
 

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

A playoff would solve all of this but then again everyone thought Obama could change Washington. Heres to hoping



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:36 pm
 

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

Do you want a playoff?  THen what Gee is doing is fundamentally what everyone should do:  completely ignore and disrespect the BCS.  You folks constantly criticize the BCS, then turn around and advocate voting that legitimizes the BCS.  There has never been a true champion in the history of college football, so stop arguing with people like Gee who show no respect for the current establishment.  You should be thanking him and begging others to do the same if you want a playoff.


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