NEW YORK – The BCS title game representatives at the Heisman ceremony are not cool with a split national championship.
Just so you know.
LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu and Alabama’s Trent Richardson both spoke on the subject as they waited for the Heisman announcement Saturday night. There already is talk that LSU could lose the championship game and still remain No. 1 in the AP poll because it already beat Alabama.
The teams remained 1-2 in the BCS for the final three weeks of the season. But LSU is a unanimous No. 1 in AP with 60 voters. If Alabama won Jan. 9 in New Orleans, theoretically all it would take is 31 voters to keep the Tigers No. 1 for force a split. The coaches’ poll final No. 1 spot is committed to the game’s winner.
“We don’t go into game wondering if we lose will we still be considered the best team,” Mathieu said. “I think this month is going to give us some time to prepare for these guys. It will give us enough time to throw some wrinkles in our defense, stuff they haven’t seen.”
Richardson, Alabama’s star tailback was asked if Alabama fans would tolerate a split national title if the Tide won.
“No, Alabama [fans] wouldn’t,” he said.
What about the players?
“As long as we get that trophy, get those rings, we’re happy with it,” Richardson said. “But we’re kind of selfish when it comes to championships. We probably wouldn’t be OK with it.”