While I am not a fan of the BCS system, given the current format, I hope we can all agree that the BCS got it right...in spite of the national bore that is two teams from the same division in the same conference playing each other. Those two teams were in another league of talent, and as it turned out, the team given another shot obviously deserved it. After watching Stanford and Oklahoma State, the level of athlete Alabama had on defense did not even compare to those on the teams that felt as though they deserved another shot. In addition to their defense, given how talented Richardson, and as it turns out, McCarron is, they were a far superior team to Oklahoma State and Stanford.
Regarding those bitter about Michigan not getting another shot in 2006/2007, I drink a lot of Michigan Koolaid, but as it turned out, Michigan and Ohio weren't the top two teams that year. They went on to get handedly beaten in their respective bowl games, showing that neither of them belonged in the top 2. Make whatever excuses you want for those games, but they did not deserve to play in the championship game that year, whether or not the other teams were clean.
Finally, I am not liking our chances in that opener next year. While Alabama loses a lot, I just don't think that the RR era size / talent of recruit will be able to hang. Let's face it, the guys we ran out there this year, while full of heart and who I respect immensely, were not on the same talent level of those playing for Alabama. Once Hoke gets in some big AND athletic DEs / LBs / WRs, I think it will be another story, but they'll only be true freshmen next season. Given our struggles moving the ball against MSU and Va Tech, I cringe at the thought of playing Alabama right now. Then again, Hoke is magical, so we'll see.