No. 1 and No. 2 are still three breathless hyperventilation days away from kicking off Saturday's game of any century in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and people already are talking about a rematch.
It's as though winning five straight national championships affords the Southeastern Conference certain inalienable rights and the rest of us need to "hold this truth to be self-evident."
Hold your rematch musket powder.
God forbid Verne Lundquist should be allowed to christen "Oh my Gosh I" before having to worry about "Oh My Gosh II (I know what you did last November)."
Nobody has bothered even to ponder the score of Saturday's epic in Alabama. What if a team wins by 25?
The retort to the rematch question should be: Absolutely not.
This isn't Ali-Frazier; this is goofy college football. You can't play two unless there's the prospect of a rubber match.
Let the winner of Saturday's game be exalted with the highest honor and let the vanquished cry in their grits.
It matters not that the SEC is the best conference or whether the Alabama-LSU loser might be the nation's second-best team.
You SEC fanatics can't have it both ways.
Many railed against a rematch in 2006 after No. 1 Ohio State won a 42-39 thriller over No. 2 Michigan in Columbus. Remember?
UCLA's shocking 13-9 upset over USC threw the title match into a tizzy. It made standings sense that Michigan, which had not played since losing to Ohio State, might move back to No. 2 in the final BCS standings.
But voters didn't want to see a rematch and, by the narrowest of margins — a BCS average of .9445 to .9344 — Florida slipped by Michigan into the No. 2 spot.
Florida ended up beating Ohio State in the title game, while Michigan got roughed up by USC in the Rose Bowl.
It would be the first of five straight BCS titles for the SEC.
Why would logic now be different than it was then?
Alabama will get its chance to beat LSU on Saturday, and LSU will get its chance to beat Alabama. Neither team should get a second chance.