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The strength of schedule argument can be dicey, though. The RPI rankings have Alabama with the 14th toughest schedule and Oklahoma State with the 27th best.

Resumes aside, many simply feel Alabama had its chance and it’s time for another team to take a shot at beating LSU.

“If the regular-season is the playoff as BCS defenders insist, didn’t LSU already eliminate the Tide?” said Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette in Iowa.

LSU and Alabama was billed as the Game of the Century, but barring a massive voter uprising in the Harris and coaches’ polls Dec. 4, when the final BCS standings are released and the bowl matchups are announced, all that game determined was which jerseys the Tigers and Tide will wear at the Superdome.

And how fair _ there is that word again _ is that to LSU? As it is the Tide appears to have benefited from losing at home to LSU. Now Alabama can get some rest, split with the Tigers and win a national championship.

It’s also possible neither LSU nor Alabama will be a conference champion, but both will be playing for the national championship _ and that doesn’t sit well with plenty of people.

Ultimately, it’s not about fairness. It’s about a system that really isn’t capable of producing a satisfying result in this situation and _ as has been proved time and again _ many others.

“The whole system is unfair,” said Phil Miller of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, “and whether Alabama deserves another shot at LSU (a game many fans will dread) doesn’t change that.”

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HEISMAN WATCH

This non-voter’s ballot is unchanged from last week, even though Baylor’s Robert Griffin III played only half a game against Texas Tech because of an apparent concussion.

Top three: Griffin, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Houston quarterback Case Keenum. USC quarterback Matt Barkley and Alabama running back Trent Richardson would be next up.

It’s harsh, but the race is so close that if Griffin misses the Bears’ final game against Texas, that might be enough to push him off many ballots and cost him an invite to New York city as a Heisman finalist. Just as one bad game turned Brandon Weeden from front-runner to middle-of-the-pack contender.

As for Stanford’s Andrew Luck, he closed with another excellent performance, tossing four touchdown passes against Notre Dame. Luck has been the presumptive front-runner most of the season. He has had a great season, though so much was expected it seems a bit disappointing. Still, Luck’s decision to pass up a chance to become the first pick in the NFL draft and return to Stanford to finish his architecture degree might have won over enough voters before he even played a game this season.

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