Oh, well excuse me then. I foolishly decided not to omit a trivial detail like a team's loss instead of focusing on the truly important cherry-picked properties like chronological accuracy.
The regular season is not a playoff, and just can't be treated (or visualized) as such. No matter how we try to do that, the inescapable conclusion is to crown LSU champion no matter what happens in any bowl, period (and some commentators are seriously making this argument). Rematches are a (wonderful) part of a playoff anyway.
BTW, I don't think it would be unfair to Alabama to leave them out of the title game. But it's not unfair to OSU either. I admit the second-chance title shot is something of a "windfall" for Bama but for OSU it would be like rising from the dead. Your phoenix pic does strike me as appropriate.