LSU WINS BCS CHAMPIONSHIP
Louisiana State 21 – Oklahoma 10. LSU will win the BCS/Coach’s Poll title and Southern Cal will win the Sportswriters’ title.
Despite the bizarre mechanics of the team ranked #1 in both the major polls not getting invited to the championship game, LSU put on an impressive display tonight and deserves a share of the title under the current system. They certainly played a much more grueling schedule than USC.
Update (0934): The schedules from ESPN. LSU and USC.
LSU played five teams that were ranked at the end of the season:
September 20 No. 11 Georgia W 17-10 4-0 (1-0 SEC)
October 11 No. 17 Florida L 19-7 5-1 (2-1 SEC)
November 22 at No. 18 Mississippi W 17-14 10-1 (6-1 SEC)
December 6 at No. 11 Georgia W 34-13 12-1 (8-1 SEC)
January 4 vs No. 3 Oklahoma W 21-14 13-1 (8-1 SEC)
They went 4-1 in those games, including two postseason games. I’d also note that Georgia’s ranking is artificially deflated by the two loses to LSU. Their only loss all season was to #17 Florida.
USC played two teams that were ranked at the end of the season:
November 1 No. 14 Washington State W 43-16 8-1 (4-1 Pac-10)
January 1 vs No. 4 Michigan W 28-14 12-1 (7-1 Pac-10)
They won both of those, but lost to an unranked team:
September 27 at California L 34-31
Cal was a medicre 8-6, with the USC win the only meaningful one of the year.