Alabama beat Clemson, 51-50, 22 days ago. That was on the hardwood, with the Crimson Tide men’s basketball team utilizing a late steal and score from Shannon Hale to lift it to victory in Greenville, South Carolina.
If the football teams next Monday put up a similar point total -- complete with a game-winning pick-six -- who would complain? (Aside from fans of the losing team.)
But the Jan. 11 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T will not be the first time title-game participants have faced on the hardwood in the same academic year.
In fact, it has happened five times before since the start of the BCS era, albeit in just three different seasons. The school that ended up winning the championship on the gridiron is 3-2 against its hardwood counterparts in the same season.
Here is a look back at those matchups:
Feb. 11, 2012: LSU 67, Alabama 58: The Tigers finally got the best of the Tide, evening their season series in football and basketball to 2-2. Of course, that is of little consolation when one of the defeats on the gridiron came in the BCS title game. Justin Hamilton’s 21 points led the way for LSU in Baton Rouge in this one.
Jan. 11, 2012: Alabama 69, LSU 53. Just two days after the Tide shut out the Tigers, 21-0, to win the BCS title, they rode their good fortune to the court in Tuscaloosa, with Trevor Releford’s 20-point performance leading the way for Bama.
April 2, 2007: Florida 84, Ohio State 75 (NCAA title game). Florida took care of Ohio State in the schools’ second national title game of the 2006-07 school year. It was Urban Meyer’s football Gators routing the Buckeyes, 41-14, to set off the SEC’s run of seven straight national titles. And it was Billy Donovan’s hoops counterparts winning their second straight national title, becoming the first team ever to repeat with the same starting five. Corey Brewer (13 points, 8 rebounds) was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Dec. 23, 2006: Florida 86, Ohio State 60. Just 16 days before Florida football beat Ohio State football by 27, Florida basketball beat Ohio State basketball by 26. Al Horford returned from an ankle sprain to notch 11 points and 11 rebounds, keying the rout in Gainesville. Taurean Green had a game-high 24 points.
March 17, 2004: Oklahoma 70, LSU 61 (NIT): LSU football ended Oklahoma’s season with a 21-14 win in the Sugar Bowl two months earlier. And the Oklahoma men’s basketball team ended LSU’s season on St. Patrick’s Day — albeit in the first round of the NIT. The Sooners clinched their seventh straight 20-win season, but they ended up losing in the second round to eventual NIT champion Michigan.