1. Sam Bradford made a great case for winning the Heisman, but the fact that the Big 12 refuses to play defense may cost him the opportunity to hold the trophy.
I'm not going to use this space to convince you that Bradford is not deserving of a Heisman trophy. He's had an amazing year for the team with an amazing offense. His numbers are unmatched by anyone in college football this year or nearly any year. Although I wouldn't vote for him first, I cannot argue with anyone that would.
That being said, I think Bradford's chances to win the award are shaky. I think Colt McCoy and Graham Harrell are going to cost him some votes and that may ultimately cost him the award. The first reason I feel this way - the geographic issue. These three are going to compete for the votes in the Midwestern voting block. Every time McCoy gets a first-place vote (and he'll definitely get some votes!), he'll be taking one at the expense of Bradford. This could prove to be very costly to the Oklahoma star. Second reason I feel this way - the numbers issue. It's hard to look at the numbers of all three of these quarterbacks and take them ultra seriously. Even MSNBC, which is projecting Bradford to win the award had to make mention of the crazy stats these QBs are putting up. In their argument for Tim Tebow (their second-place finisher) was pretty telling:
However, one factor that has been vastly overlooked is the quality of competition. Of the Gators’ 12 wins, nine have come against teams whose defenses rank in the top 37 in the country.
On the flip side, Texas’ Colt McCoy didn’t face a defense ranked higher than 65th. Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford faced only two defenses among the top 30 nationally in non-conference foes TCU and Cincinnati. Every other team he played against had a defense ranked 50th or worse.If voters really sit down to think this out, this could cost Bradford some votes and ultimately allow Tebow to sneak back to the podium to accept his second-straight Heisman trophy. This year's voting could be very interesting.
2. Bob Stoops is more concerned with meaningless records than he is with winning another National Championship.
Hey, I'm all for scoring points. Who doesn't like to see a good offense at work? But, at some point you've got to say enough is enough.
For a long time I had a problem with Steve Spurrier sending in the Gators' second-team offense to throw the ball down the field with five minutes left of a game in which they held a 30-point lead. But last night may have taken the cake. But at least Spurrier did it with a second-string unit. With less than five minutes left in a blow out last night, Stoops sent Bradford back out on to the field to see if they score yet another touchdown on a helpless Missouri defense to reach 60 points in a record fifth-straight game.
So what do I take from that? To me that says Stoops cares less about making sure Bradford is healthy for a National Championship Game. To me it says that he would rather set a record than show a gesture of sportsmanship to a team that was already demoralized. Hey, I know it's not his job to make Missouri feels good about themselves, but it is his job to make sure that Bradford doesn't get hurt in a meaningless moment.
And then he had enough nerve to say after the game that the record didn't mean anything to him. Oh yeah, then why was your starting quarterback throwing the ball down field at the end of a game in which you had a 30-point lead? Don't you think that the "record" lasted so long because coaches realize how useless it is to score 60 points in five-straight games? I think it says more about priorities than it does about ability.
3. Texas got hosed.
In nearly any other conference, Texas would have been beating up on Missouri in the Big 12 Championship. One of the fun facts I learned this weekend on my trip to the SEC Championship was that most other conferences handle their three-way ties differently. In nearly every case, the BCS is used, but only to eliminate the lowest ranked team. Then, when the two-way tie is restored, the tie-breaker reverts back to head-to-head. Oops. At least the OU fans made the best of the situation. Priceless.
4. The ACC is bad.
Is there anyone outside of Virginia Tech and Cincinnati that thinks the Orange Bowl is happy to have the Bearcats and Hokies coming to town? The "paid crowd" for yesterday's game was 53,000 people, but the teams combined to sell less the 10,000 tickets. ugh.... After the "show" they put on yesterday, sounds like the fans were smart. Now I can't fault the fans from the northeast for not making the trip to Tampa. I certainly would save my money for a bowl game. But who should we fault?
Oh yeah, how much does it suck for BC to lose this game? They lose the #1 bowl spot from the ACC. The #2 bowl tie-in was given to Georgia Tech before the ACC Championship Game even took place. Clemson got the #3 tie-in with the Gator Bowl. Ouch, that was a big loss. #4 is the best the Eagles can hope for? Here's hoping they don't end up in Idaho!
5. Dolphins Stadium should prepare to have a new scoreboard installed after Florida and Oklahoma blow it up in the National Championship Game.
Man, this has the makings for quite a showdown. Given Florida's trouble slowing down Alabama's not-so-potent passing attack yesterday (Julio Jones made some unreal plays yesterday), I can't imagine that they're looking forward to facing a team that has more than one outstanding receiver.
Oklahoma has a great attack, but they haven't faced a defense as good as Florida's. For all of the things that went wrong for the Gators yesterday, the defense came up with big plays when they needed them. The task is pretty tall for them in Miami, as they haven't faced an offense half as good as the Sooners'. Of course, the Gators can put points on the board also! Whoever is keeping stats for that game had better get a good night's rest before the game, because it figures to be a long night for them!
I'm not sure which team I think will win this one yet, but I definitely expect to see sparks flying from the scoreboard. While I'm not ready to make a prediction on the game's result, I will predict this: Oklahoma won't score 60 points for a sixth-consecutive game. I would bet the farm on that one!