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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

December 4, 2011 at 9:00 AM

So let the BCS debate roar: Alabama or Oklahoma State?

We’ve got a full-on controversy for the berth opposite LSU in the BCS title game: Alabama or Oklahoma State?

The Tide was idle Saturday as the SEC title game went on. Oklahoma State crushed rival Oklahoma, 44-10, a pretty good statement.

Will this possibly come down to voters who might be otherwise inclined to vote ‘Bama for the No. 2 spot, but simply don’t want to see a rematch of the 9-6 game Nov. 5 won by LSU?

There’s no doubt Alabama is very good, maybe better than LSU (it fluffed a bunch of chances to win that earlier game). But Oklahoma State can state a pretty fair case, too: Against the BCS top 25, it has five victories to Alabama’s two. (Of course, we’re going to be flooded with the usual SEC propaganda that you don’t in any way question the league, even as ‘Bama had a stretch of Florida, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Tennessee.)

The fact is, ‘Bama lost a home game, and if I were voting, that would weigh heavily. Granted, Oklahoma State lost a game (on the road) to undistinguished Iowa State. It also did that the evening that it had learned earlier in the day that two coaches from its women’s basketball staff had perished in a plane crash in Arkansas.

I’d think an LSU-Oklahoma State title game would be a hoot — a prolific offense against one of the all-time nasty defenses. But I don’t vote, either in the Harris poll or AP, so don’t bother lobbying me.

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