|TEXAS SHOULD BE GOING TO THE BIG XII TITLE GAME
November 30, 2008
Matt, SCS.com Staff Writer
I am going to jump right into it. Texas deserves to go to Kansas City to play Missouri for the Big 12 title. BCS proponents love to say that college football’s regular season is a playoff. If so, Texas beat Oklahoma on a neutral field by ten points. In my opinion, that is end of story. Yes, Texas lost to Texas Tech on the road on a last second play. However, Texas was a play away from winning that game in which the Red Raiders played out of their minds. College football is all about head to head and seeing the product on the field. Texas and Oklahoma have consistently looked great throughout the season. There is almost no way to separate the two teams. Except head to head.
Texas also held Oklahoma State to 24 points. Oklahoma State was ripping through Oklahoma’s defense and special teams like a paper shredder rips up incriminating evidence. These two teams are extremely evenly matched. It would be unfair to send OU to the Big 12 title game when Texas has the same record, won the head to head on a neutral field, and has looked impressive all year long. It is a tough situation, but sending Texas is the most fair solution. However, Oklahoma impressed the many narrow-minded voters that tend to forget games that happen earlier in the season by scoring 60 points four weeks in a row against horrible defenses. This is just another case of why college football needs to fix the way it handles its postseason.
The Big 12 is full of BCS controversy. The SEC, on the other hand, has absolutely no BCS controversy. The winner of the SEC title game will advance to the national championship game. We all foresaw this before the season. The winner of the SEC would go to the national championship game. Although the SEC was not as strong as we all predicted, it is hard to deny that Alabama and Florida are the top two teams in the country. Alabama has a tremendous offensive line and loves to punch their opponents in the mouth with their running game. Their defense is unforgiving. Florida is explosive, well-coached, and their special teams is arguably the best in the nation. Florida looks impossible to stop right now, but we all know that a great defense trounces the gimmicky offense. However, no one has been able to stop Florida since their loss to Ole Miss earlier in the year. Florida can be stopped, but I am not sure if Alabama will be able to do it this upcoming weekend. It will be a great game and every college football fan will be tuning in to see who will come out on top and go to the national title game.
There were some great games this Thanksgiving weekend, which is something to be thankful for. One of the best games was Georgia Tech scoring 26 unanswered points in the third quarter to beat instate rival Georgia. Paul Johnson has done an amazing job in his first year at Ga. Tech. The option offense that he coined at Navy is working wonders in BCS conference play. The Yellow Jackets ran for 400 yards against Georgia. In my opinion, Georgia Tech is the best team in the ACC. On the other hand, Georgia was a big disappointment this season. Like Louisiana State, they were ranked high in the preseason polls. Most polls had them ranked number one. They did not have a lot of injuries or distractions. At the end of the day, their defense was overrated and they committed too many penalties. Looking back at my top 25, it is nothing like the one you will see at the end of the season. That is why preseason polls and projections mean nothing.
It was great to see Phillip Fulmer end his career by getting a win over rival Kentucky at home in convincing style. I hope he stays at UT as some sort of administrator so he could give advice to new head coach Lane Kiffin.
Cincinnati is going to a BCS bowl after clinching the Big East championship with a West Virginia loss on Friday. Congrats to Brian Kelly for turning around that program.
Arizona State scored four touchdowns in their 34-9 rout over UCLA. Those four touchdowns all came from their defense.
Boise State dominated Fresno State 61-10, solidifying another undefeated season. Sadly, they will likely miss out on a BCS bowl bid.
After a wacky year in the ACC, the teams that needed to win did. Boston College beat Maryland and Virginia Tech held off Virginia to clinch spots in the ACC title game. Losses would have sent Georgia Tech and Florida State.
Kansas and Missouri played an unbelievable game in rain/snow in which both quarterbacks shined. Todd Reesing led Kansas to 26 first downs and 375 passing yards. Kansas blocked Missouri’s last second field goal attempt to hold off their rivals in Kansas City.
Some of the best games are played between the smallest schools. Florida Atlantic bead rival Florida International 57-50 in overtime on Saturday. Both teams scored 28 points in the fourth quarter. After scoring first in overtime, Florida Atlantic’s defense actually stopped FIU on fourth down to seal the victory.
Did the SEC really go 1-3 vs. the ACC this weekend? Florida beat Florida State. Ga. Tech beat Georgia. Wake Forest beat Vanderbilt. Clemson beat South Carolina.
Mississippi State lost a great coach in Sylvester Croom. They will have to make an amazing hire to replace him properly. He did a great job with Mississippi State, helping them win a bowl game in 2007, only the 7th in school history.
LSU must have given up on their season after their loss to Alabama, because there is no excuse for how they played in the final three games.
Oregon State controlled their own destiny heading into the Civil War. They were without Jacquizz Rodgers (kind of like how Oregon lost Dennis Dixon last year), the leading rusher in the PAC 10, but their offense was not the issue against Oregon. They could not slow down Oregon’s offense. The Ducks compiled 694 yards of total offense.
Did Plaxico Burress really ‘accidentally’ shoot himself at a club on a Friday night? Does he legally own that gun? Why does he take it to clubs with him? Why is he out clubbing Friday night before their big game on Sunday?
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