Sunday, November 23, 2008

Football blogging

Because I do that every now and then ...

- Can't say I was surprised with Oklahoma beating Texas Tech, but I was stunned by how thoroughly the Sooners dominated that contest. Beating the No. 2 team in the county 65-21 is impressive, to say the least. Along with Florida, I've felt Oklahoma was playing the best football in the nation. The difficulty for the Sooners, of course, is that they now have an identical record with Texas ... who beat them. Regardless, seeing how the Big 12 South representative will be drawn from three teams with identical records - Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma - who all beat each other, I'd have to give the Sooners the inside track. The loss to the Longhorns woke them up, and they're just heads and shoulders above everyone else in that conference.

- I will say, however, that it's interesting that the pundits are jumping on the Oklahoma bandwagon now. And the logic they're using to advocate for the Sooners having a chance to play for the national title (assuming they win the Big 12 Championship Game) is the same logic they rejected when Georgia was in line to move up to No. 2 in the BCS standings last year. Namely that the Bulldogs had to be disqualified because of a loss to Tennessee who then was beaten by LSU ... regardless of the fact that Georgia had run the table in convincing fashion while the Tigers had dropped two games in the final month.

- The Top 10 teams in the country as I see it (in order) ... Florida, Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas, Southern California, Penn State, Utah, Georgia, Ohio State and Texas Tech. And yes I have Georgia that high seeing how their only two losses have come to a pair of teams ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in the nation.

- Following up the revisionist history model, let's say Texas or Oklahoma make it to the Big 12 Championships Game but lose to Missouri. Odds are that everyone at ESPN would leap at the opportunity to annoint either the non-represented team or Southern California, despite the fact that neither of those teams will have won their conference title. It's interesting, isn't it?

- The Heisman Trophy? Well, Percy Harvin and Michael Crabtree are the best players in college football, but it'll probably go to a quarterback. I'd give the nod to Sam Bradford right now. He's a machine. I'd refrain from giving Tim Tebow another one. The Gators have plenty of other weapons this year, and his statistics are substantially 'worse' than last year (though, given last year's numbers, that's hardly an indication of a bad season).


Blogger shannon said...

great post. i think it's pretty awesome that (if all goes as planned) the SEC championship will really be an early national championship game. i don't think we've ever had an SEC championship with #1 vs. #2, have we?

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