The SEC (This one, not that one. Careful while Googling.) asked yours truly to offer a Big 12 perspective on the BCS National Championship Game on Monday night between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama and I obliged.
Here are a few excerpts.
SEC Digital Network: Do you think the BCS matched up the nation’s two best teams in this title game?
Ubben: A difficult question to start, eh? It depends on your perspective. LSU's the best team with the best resume. There's no debating that.
But Alabama? Are the Crimson Tide better than Oklahoma State? Yeah, I think so. But Oklahoma State played a quantitatively tougher schedule with better wins, and played outstanding every single week except the loss to Iowa State, which is absolutely as embarrassing as most want to make it out to be.
There were extenuating circumstances, yes, but it's clear OSU wasn't very focused in that game, even if the reason is 100 percent understandable. They got up 24-7 and looked like they wanted to go home. Doubt how much those people meant to those inside the football program if you must. You don't need to look any further than the Fiesta Bowl trophy podium to see that you're wrong.
So, ultimately, I don't have any huge complaints on the BCS matchup. I think OSU deserved to get in over Alabama based on the strength of its 11 regular season wins, rather than focusing solely on the losses. But I also think Alabama's a better team. Both squads have their cases. Somebody had to get left out. It's not a great injustice if either team gets left out.
The biggest consequence is the loss of an entertaining title game. Instead, we know exactly what we're going to get.
SEC Digital Network: We are in SEC country, so you can imagine the reception for this game. What is the feeling like outside of the SEC footprint in your opinion? Are people that aren’t SEC fans excited to see this matchup?
Ubben: No, I really don't think folks outside SEC country are too excited for it. We've seen this game, and it wasn't very exciting. The best thing about bowl games is the contrasting styles and unpredictability of it all. There's almost no reason to believe this game will be any different.
I don't think there's any doubt that the SEC is the biggest brand in college football, so from that perspective, it will have a lot of national intrigue, but I've loved seeing two great teams with contrasting styles go head to head and seeing how it shook out, especially the radically different Big 12 teams and SEC squads.
SEC Digital Network: What can future SEC members Texas A&M and Missouri, who you covered for your ESPN Big 12 Blog, learn about SEC play as they watch this contest next week?
Ubben: They'll probably get a good idea of what kinds of athletes they'll need up front to have big, bad SEC defenses. Simply put, they don't make many of those kinds of guys in Texas. You've got to dig into Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida to find the mother lode of those guys. If you had to pick one, that's the biggest reason why the SEC's had so much success. Win the line of scrimmage: win games. The SEC's won a lot. Next year, A&M and Missouri will get a front row seat to just how they've done it.