The season's almost over and no one is close to figuring it out.

The television rating for Saturday night's game between Louisiana State and Alabama, a spectacular 11.9, was almost three points higher than the winning team scored.

Was it overhype, great defense, both, or what?

The best offensive play at Bryant-Denny Stadium was the 73-yard punt in the fourth quarter by LSU's Brad Wing, out of his own end zone, that helped push the game into overtime.


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LSU solidified its lock on No. 1 in Sunday's Bowl Championship Series standings on the merits of a performance that left both coaches somewhat perplexed.

"Not necessarily a pretty game," Tigers' Coach Les Miles said. "But it had a nice ending."

Alabama allowed nine points and 239 yards in defeat and surrendered its No. 2 BCS spot Sunday to Oklahoma State, which moved up after allowing Kansas State 45 points and 507 yards.

Alabama, though, only fell to No. 3 in the BCS and stayed ahead of undefeated Stanford and Boise State.

Isn't BCS football special?

If the season ended today, a team that scored nine points (LSU) on Saturday would face a team ranked No. 110 in total defense that is allowing 28.6 points per game.

In what actually was Saturday's best game, Oklahoma State improved to 9-0 with a dramatic 52-45 win over Kansas State. Oklahoma State had to deny Kansas State three times inside the Cowboys' 5-yard line to preserve the win.

Oklahoma State's defense is leaky like a faucet but getting away with it because of an offense that is almost other-worldly.

LSU vs. Oklahoma State would make a very intriguing title game.

Contemplate watching Oklahoma State's 50.1-point offense against an LSU defense that allows 10.89 points per game.

But we're only talking about these teams as No. 1 and No. 2 because they survived close weekend encounters.

A bobble here or a lapse there might have had us today pondering Alabama vs. Stanford. The good news for fans is that so much more can go decimal-daffy between now and Dec. 4.

There are interesting questions left to ponder.

What if Oklahoma State and Stanford lose once between now and December, but LSU, Alabama and Boise State win out?

Would the BCS electorate want to see a rematch between LSU and Alabama, or opt to see LSU and Boise State battle in New Orleans?

cdufresne@tribune.com