When she first uttered the phrase that would help Louisiana State win last season's BCS championship, Kathy Miles was just trying to get her husband to look at the bright side.
Les Miles' Tigers had just blown the inside track to the BCS title game, losing on the day after Thanksgiving in triple overtime to Arkansas. LSU's only other loss had also come in triple overtime, at Kentucky back in October.
"You know, Les," she said that night, "you're undefeated in regulation."
Miles' ears perked up. To a coach a win is a win and a loss is a loss, but this was a different way of looking at it.
He knew that with the confounding way college football crowns its champion, nothing is as it appears. The Bowl Championship Series, with its heavy reliance on opinion polls, has turned the sport into a game of perception and publicity as much as tackles and touchdowns.
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