- Associated Press - Sunday, December 4, 2011

LSU did its part to make sure both the Tigers and Alabama get into the BCS national title game. Then Oklahoma State gave the voters a reason to rethink the rematch.

The top-ranked Tigers locked up a spot in the championship on Jan. 9 in New Orleans with a 42-10 victory against No. 12 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference title game in Atlanta on Saturday.

Oklahoma State followed that with a 44-10 blowout of rival Oklahoma in Stillwater.

“They had their shot,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said of Alabama. “Give us ours.”

LSU (13-0) will be first in the BCS standings when they come out on Sunday. And this latest rout by the Tigers fortified Alabama’s chances of holding on to the second spot and holding off Oklahoma State, which was third last week.

“I would certainly understand if college football decides it should be two SEC teams playing for the national championship,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “It’s a very special conference with very special teams.”

The Tigers beat the Tide (11-1) 9-6 in overtime at Tuscaloosa, Ala., a month ago. Alabama is the only team in the country to stay within 13 points of LSU this season. Other than the Alabama game, the Tigers’ closest game since September was a 24-point victory against Arkansas.

The Cowboys can claim to have more quality wins than the Tide _ Oklahoma State now has five victories against teams in the BCS top 25, Alabama has two _ but their double-overtime loss at Iowa State (6-6) two weeks ago has been a drag on their resume.

“I don’t think there’s any question Oklahoma State should play in the big game,” Gundy said.

He added: “And if we’d have won this game 17-14, I don’t know if I’d have said it. … When you win by 34 points, we deserve the right.”

Oklahoma State was fifth in both the Harris and coaches’ polls, while Alabama was an overwhelming No. 2 behind LSU. The Cowboys caught another break when Virginia Tech, which was ahead of them in both those polls last week, was beaten 38-10 by Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game.

If the voters need any help making their decisions, Oklahoma State provided a mass email titled The Case for Oklahoma State in the BCS Title Game, which hit sports writers’ inboxes a little after 1 a.m. EST.

There’s no doubt Oklahoma State will move up Sunday, but will it be enough to catch Alabama?

Clemson’s surprisingly easy victory in the ACC title game send the Tigers to the Orange Bowl with their first conference title in 20 years.

Oregon locked up its spot in the Rose Bowl by winning the Pac-12 title game Friday night.

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