December 14, 2017

Will There Be an Alabama-LSU Rematch for the National Championship?

Last night’s “Game of the Century,” a.k.a. No. 1 LSU at No. 2 Alabama was the second-highest (non-bowl) college football game in history. According to USA Today, “The 11.9 overnight rating trails only CBS 14.5 rating for Notre Dame-Miami on Nov. 25, 1989.”

It’s not surprising that Boise State, though still unbeaten, is below Alabama in the rankings. The Tide played well last night, but not their best. It’s unlikely that Alabama – or Boise State – will lose another game.

Stanford hosts Oregon this coming Saturday (Nov. 12) and Oklahoma travels to Stillwater to play Oklahoma State Dec. 3. If Stanford and Oklahoma State lose in those games (or any other along the way), Alabama is likely to be in line for a rematch for the national championship. In fact, Alabama fell only one spot to No. 3 in today’s BCS rankings (edit 11/07).

That is just wrong. Not that I’m opposed to a rematch; I’d actually enjoy seeing the two teams square off again. Though I ranked Alabama at No. 4 in my vote submission this week due to the loss, I think the Tide is equal or better that Oklahoma State and Stanford. There should be a playoff system to determine the final two teams in the championship game.

On the Three Point Stance last night,  Bob Swick and I spoke with Kevin McGuire about the need for an NCAA playoff system. Have a listen and let me know your thoughts.

Pete Sonski hosts the Leatherheads weekly college football podcast and is a regular contributor to Leatherheads of the Gridiron. Contact him via Twitter @29sonski.


  1. First of all Pete, you’re right: there should be a playoff to see what teams should meet at least in a format to have the right to play for the title.

    But, I disagree that Alabama and LSU should meet for the title. Say, Alabama wins; it would be each team winning 1 game–neither one having the edge or what has it settled.

    Historically, there has only been one rematch of No. 1 vs No. 2.

    This game came during the 1996 season.

    Nov. 30, to be exact when #2 Florida State, playing at home, defeated the #1 Florida Gators, 24-21.

    Then in the 1996-97 bowl season, the Gators led by Heisman Trophy winner Dannuy Wuerffel would defeat the Seminoles, 52-20 in the Sugar Bowl; thus giving the “Old Ball Coach” Steve Spurrier and the Gators their first National Championship.

    While not in the same season; the same 2 teams have met in other such 1 vs 2 games:

    *1944 and 45 Army was #1 and it defeated #2 Navy in both seasons; winning 23-7 and 32-13, respectively.

    *In 1945, Army, once again being AP’s #1 team met a different #2 in Notre Dame, winning 48-0. In the rematch between the 2 powerhouses in 1946, they battled to a historic 0-0 tie.

    At the time of the Irish and Cadets’ game, the latter had been ranked 1st in the weekly AP Poll for 22 of the last 23 polls.

    The tie, which snapped Army’s 25 game winning streak, also shot Notre Dame to the top of the wire-service rankings for its second of 4 titles in the 1940s (others: 1943-47-49).

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