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“OSU wins and drops a spot?” he said.

Emerson said Oklahoma State had more quality victories than Alabama, and as good as the Tide is defensively, the Cowboys were as impressive on offensive.

“All I know is every time I saw them, Oklahoma State scored points,” he said. “I think Oklahoma State would give Alabama a hell of a game.”

Emerson would like to see changes in the Bowl Championship Series that would allow more than just two teams to play for the national title in the postseason.

That sentiment was prevalent in comments made by all five voters who didn’t roll with the Tide.

“I thought Oklahoma State played a better overall schedule than Alabama and deserved a share of the title if LSU lost,” Wolf said in an email. “The fact that Alabama got a second shot at LSU influenced my decision because it is tough to beat the same team twice.

“It’s not Oklahoma State’s fault the BCS system denied them a chance to play in the title game.”

Conroy said his “gut feeling” was Oklahoma State’s offense, which was third in the nation at 550 yards per game, would have prevailed against Alabama’s top-ranked defense, which allowed 183 yards per game.

“It would have been a great game and it would be nice to see a plus-one system in the future,” he said.

The plus-one is a four-team playoff BCS officials say they to plan to consider as the future format for the postseason.

Gee said he gave LSU the top spot as a reward for “their full body of work.”

LSU won the SEC title by beating No. 19 Georgia in the league championship game, and won six games away from home, including wins over No. 4 Oregon and No. 17 West Virginia. None of the top three teams faced as tough a schedule. And the Tigers did split with Alabama.

Gee insisted this was not a protest vote against the BCS or a way to get attention.

“This was not a publicity stunt,” he said. “This is my opinion.”


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