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Still no respect

Apparently, all common sense has left NCAA Divison I-A football rankings. Like we didn’t know that already.
Let me see if I get this straight: LSU begins the year with a new head coach; overcomes the fallout of Hurricane Katrina; has its season opener rescheduled to an off-week later in the season; has its second game, originally scheduled as a home game, played on the road, with a spectacular fourth-down play to win the game as time expires; has its third scheduled game of the year, now the first actual home game of the season, moved from Saturday night to Monday night, thanks to Hurricane Rita; loses said game to Tennessee in overtime, sloppily giving up a 21-point lead and allowing the Volunteers to tie the game; then wins every single game for the rest of the season, including beating Auburn, Alabama, and Florida, to clinch the SEC West.
The Tigers lose–and rightfully so, given the way they played–to Georgia in the SEC title game. So going in, LSU is the #3 or #4 team in the country, the #1 team in the SEC, but fails to clinch the championship. So this means a drop in the rankings for the Tigers, and they become the #2 team in the SEC, with the same record as Georgia, right?
That would be a no.
Not only did LSU fall out of the Top 10, to the likes of Notre Dame, Oregon, and Miami, because the loss–in the championship game–to Georgia gives them two conference losses, somehow Auburn–you remember Auburn, the team LSU defeated earlier in the season?–becomes the #2 team in the SEC and gets the bid for the Capital One Bowl. LSU goes to the Peach Bowl instead.
Not that I have anything against the Peach Bowl, seeing as how it’s sponsored by my favorite fast food chain. But it’s no Capital One Bowl. (NCAA football trivia: give the name of the Capital One Bowl before it was co-opted by corporate interests.)
So the trend continues. The Tigers got little respect, if any, in 2003 when they won the national championship, and given all they have been through this season, they get none at the end of the season either. Michael, Eric, my empathy with you deepens every year.