Florida Gators vs Oklahoma Sooners
2009 BCS Championship Game
Update: Congrats to the Gators on their 24-14 victory over the Sooners and their 2nd NC in 3 years
Yes, we were off on predicted score a bit (see below). But, we got the important stuff right. First, obviously, Florida won. Second, Tebow and Harvin were key. Third, Florida's defense was the best defense Oklahoma played all year and shut the Sooners down.
But, good job by the Sooners D as well as it held the Gators in check to some degree. It was a great game.
Prior Article as written:
Game on!! Florida vs Oklahoma will decide College Football's 2008 National Championship. It should be a great game.
Texas, in particular, has a great argument that they have been “mistreated” (a courser word would be more accurate) by the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) system. It happens every year that some arguably deserving team (or teams) gets left out in the cold.
Texas' case is simple. Just like Florida and Oklahoma, Texas also has only one loss. But, Texas beat Oklahoma 45-35 earlier in the season. So, how does Oklahoma end up in the BCS Championship Game playing for the National Championship and Texas is relegated to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl to play Ohio State?
Answer: Dunno. Except that, due to the Big 12's arcane tiebreaker rules, Oklahoma emerged from the 3-way tie between themselves, Texas and Texas Tech, to represent the Big 12 South in the Big 12 Championship Game. Oklahoma destroyed Missouri in that game to win the Big 12 and the rest is history.
Other teams with decent arguments they belong in the BCS Title Game include one-loss Penn State and USC. Also, what about Utah and Boise State who both went undefeated? They have good arguments as well.
If you want to read more about the BCS mess, check out We Need a College Football Playoff.
In my opinion, given that the BCS could only pick two teams, I think they were right to pick the Champions of the SEC and Big 12 to face off for the National Championship. I actually don't think many college football fans would argue this point.
All season long a debate has raged over which college football conference is the best. Actually, that debate rages all the time, every year. This year the debate centered on the SEC vs Big 12.
Unfortunately, teams from the two conferences rarely play each other. In fact, the University of Florida and the University of Oklahoma's football teams have never played each other. Never. So, the BCS Championship game (January 8, 2009, in Dolphin's Stadium, in Miami) will be a real treat.
And there are interesting similarities between the two teams. First, they both represent State Universities and major college football programs with great fan bases and football tradition and history.
In fact, both Oklahoma and Florida have won the National Championship one other time this decade. In case you forgot, the Gators won it all, just two years ago. Here's a story about Florida's 2006 National Championship.
Also, there is a coaching connection. Oklahoma's head football coach, Bob Stoops, was the Defensive Coordinator at Florida from 1996 - 1998. Stoops moved to Oklahoma in 1999 and led the Sooner's to their seventh national title in 2000.
After Steve Spurrier left Florida in 2001, UF tried to bring him back to Gainesville. Stoops opted to remain at Oklahoma and has become a college football coaching legend in Norman.
There's a lot at stake in this game.
First, the game should settle the argument over which conference is the best this year. The winner decides the debate for their entire conference.
Second, the winner of this game will join LSU as the only programs with 2 BCS Titles this decade. The victor will have a great case that they are the top college football program of the decade (at least).
Of course, if Florida wins the game, that will be three straight National Championships for the SEC and will move the two conferences into a dead heat; each with 16 All-Time National Championships. Here's an interesting spreadsheet showing how the Big 12 and SEC dominate the field in obtaining consecutive national championships.
Additionally, the SEC will have 5 BCS Titles (4 in the past 6 years). No other conference has more than 2 (since the BCS began in Jan 1999). And, it will further consolidate the SEC's grip on the title of Top College Football Bowl Conference.
OK, so, who will win the big Florida vs Oklahoma game?
I think I know. I even have a pretty good idea what the score will be. And, you will probably be surprised.
But before I blurt it out, let's look at the teams.
The 2008 Oklahoma Sooners are a great college football team. Especially on offense. OU broke the all-time NCAA record for scoring this season, racking up a grand total of 702 points. That's an average of 54 points a game! In fact, they are the first college football team since 1919 to score over 60 points in five straight games. Their last five games of the season. And three of those games were against Top-20 teams.
The problem, for Oklahoma, is that each of those games was against Big 12 opponents.
I won't recount all his numbers here. If interested, you can read about them at Tim Tebow's Heisman Trophy.
You can also see a video recounting Tebow's legendary leadership qualities and his nearly mythological “The Promise” speech at Florida Gators Football. If you aren't fired up for the game yet, you will be after you watch this:
And, with Percy Harvin back (he did not play in Florida's SEC Championship Game win over Alabama) - well, let's just say - expect to hear the names “Tim Tebow” and “Percy Harvin” over and over and over again on January 8.
So, that about sums is up. Florida's tough defense and even tougher Tim Tebow will lead the Gators over the Sooners.
A couple things have happened since the teams last played that may impact on the game. First, Florida's Offensive Coordinator, Dan Mullen, was hired by Mississippi State to be their head football coach. Between now and the BCS Championship Game, Mullen will split his time between UF and MSU. That's not good for the Gators.
On the other hand, Tim Tebow lost the 2008 Heisman race, in a very close vote, to Sooners' QB Sam Bradford. Believe me that will fire Tebow and the Gators up. Here's what TT had to say about it:
I don't have to try to use it as motivation, it just is," Tebow said. "And it is for my teammates, too.
Yes, one of the teams will score over 60 in this game. But, it won't be the Sooners. I don't see Oklahoma's defense stopping Florida much.
Predicted Final Score of 2009 BCS Championship Game:
The Sooners have not experienced playing against a team with the kind of speed Florida has. Especially Florida's tough, fast, physical (SEC-style) defense. Oklahoma will certainly score on the Gators; even score plenty. But, they will not be able to run up and down the field at will as they have virtually all season long against the porous defenses in the Big 12. This will be the toughest defense Oklahoma has played this year.
The other thing Oklahoma is unprepared for; indeed, they cannot prepare for is Florida's QB, Tim Tebow. Tebow won the Heisman Trophy last season, and should win it again this year, for good reason - he is Superman.
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I think that O'homa's a great team and has a chance of winning!!! -one of your Fans
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