When Bama kicked that third FG to go up 9-0 in the 1st half, I saw eerie similarities to our game with Meechigan, if Frank had decided to be the real Frank and take the easy three points like he normally did...especially when we have the lead and Bud's D is keeping our opponent down. I digress...lol)
Yep, I had that same thought. Saban coached that game like we all expect Beamer to. Take the points, trust the defense.
Why blame ESPN? The system was created by the schools themselves. ESPN just brings the cash and cameras. I'm sure if there was a playoff system, ESPN wouldn't mind and would gladly pay boatloads to televise it.
ESPN had the broadcast rights to the game and they wanted a rematch, so the night of the first Bama-LSU game they went to work right away pushing for a rematch, influencing the voters in any way imaginable, to get Bama into the title game. If the ESPN Flapping Gums had been truly objective throughout November, Oklahoma State would have played LSU last night. The final BCS rankings were close enough to convince me of that.
So, yes... I blame ESPN for shoving a crappy rematch at us when we could have had a new game played between two teams that had yet to play each other.
Because they have lost their objectivity. I wouldn't have minded their pimping if they had waited until AFTER the final BCS rankings came out to start pimping. But because they pushed for the rematch throughout the ENTIRE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, they unquestionably influenced the voters and got the rematch and cost Oklahoma State a legitimate title shot.