So, what if Oregon and LSU would have met in the NC?
Would that game be disqualified because Oregon already had their shot at beating LSU?
I don't buy the argument that just because two teams have already played during the season--then they shouldn't play again for all the beans. It was a different game--in a different place--under different circumstances. In relation to your concern about a team winning the national title without winning their conference title, who gives a rat's yewt? Conference titles are a nice token of success--but they really don't mean much more than that...it's a nice way to say that you beat all the teams in your region. Alabama qualified for the NC game because they had a better resume than Oklahoma State...who cares whether or not they didn't have the best head to head record versus teams in their region...they were still one of the top 2 teams in the country--and showed that they were the top team when it mattered the most.
I'm concerned with getting the two best teams in the national championship game--regardless of whether those two best teams happen to have played each other previously in the year...that's really irrelevant to me, because all games are not created equal and we both know that teams develop over the course of a year....which is why we saw Alabama take down LSU in the championship game.