It's been a great day of sports on TV and I thoroughly wasted the day making sure my TV didn't move. (I watched it all day and it never moved.) Obviously, the day got a great start will our young Cats playing beyond their years in enduring and overcoming a great game by the Tarheels.
After the game, it was off to football. Three games to watch - LSU/Georgia, Wisconsin/Michigan State and Oklahoma State/Oklahoma. The first to confirm LSU is the baddest boy in the neighborhood, the second to see something close (boy, was it!) and the last to see a #3 team that wants to reach the Championship Game.
OSU's demolision of the preseason #1 Sooners was impressive. Granted, OU has fallen a long way from the preseason but the performance of OSU had me thinking: Wouldn't OSU against LSU be more entertaining than Bama against LSU? And maybe make the whole bowl season more interesting?
Initially, I was on board the "best two teams in the country matchup" camp of evaluating the teams to be in the game. I've done a 180 and now would like to go with the "just entertain me" camp. After all, this is sports, purpose: entertainment. Besides, LSU is #1, they earned it and there's nothing wrong with anointing a team #1 in the regular season. What good does a Bama/LSU matchup do?
We'll likely end up with Bama/LSU and that makes the most sense in the traditional view - they are the two best teams in the country, no argument. That's entertaining but wouldn't OSU/LSU be more entertaining. First, even I'm getting tired of the "SEC is best" mantra and think it needs a shot in the arm. Now we've gotten to the point where we'd only have a few cross conference games early in the season to compare our conference best against other conference best.
Conferences have different styles of play and I like to see how conferences compare at the end of the year. Putting two SEC teams at the top of the food chain takes our two best teams out of reach of that comparison. There would be some interesting games showing the defense of LSU against the offense of OSU then see if OSU had bodies capable of slowing down the irresistible force of LSU's offense.
Then send Bama into the Sugar Bowl (and restore some luster to that SEC trophy) to take on Stanford. That will sufficiently quite the West Coasters concerning their command of football (I know, USC is ineligible). These matchups would continue all the way down through the bowl pecking order. When you break up the Bama/LSU game the SEC will gain all the way down the line in the bowl matchups.
So it comes down to logic or entertainment. I like Bama and LSU (when I have to) and would rather them unleash their talents on other conferences, not each other.