A rematch of two SEC West foes in the 2012 BCS National Championship game has had plenty of people up in arms about the BCS itself, and its method of selecting the two best teams in the country. LSU Tigers strong safety Brandon Taylor has no problem with the selection process, however.
"This is what the world wants to see," Taylor said. "This is a heavyweight fight. This will be a big game, the Super Bowl of college football. It's going to be great playing against the second-best team in the country."
Unsurprisingly, the Alabama Crimson Tide are relishing the opportunity as well. Coming off a 3-point November loss in which the Tide missed four field goals, January's game feels like their rightful chance at redemption.
"It's something we really wanted to have happen, ever since that game ended," Alabama middle linebacker Dont'a Hightower said. ...
"We wanted another chance," offensive lineman Barrett Jones said, "and we're really excited about that chance."
There are plenty of reasons to criticize the BCS, almost all of them valid. Still, America could do worse than a rematch of hard-hitting conference rivals on Jan. 9.
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