What Were You Doing During The 4th Quarter Of The BCS National Championship?
I’ll lay it all out on the table. I spent the 4th quarter of Thursday’s championship game hoping to see Bob Stoops cry. Is that petty? Sure. But screw it, I had to sit on my butt all November watching the Oklahoma Sooners run up the score in a successful attempt to jump teams that were more deserving than they were.
HOW DO THE SOONERS JUMP OVER TEXAS? THEY LOST TO TEXAS. THEY… LOST… TO… TEXAS. AND THE WORST THING OF ALL? IS THEY SUCCESSFULLY CONVINCED ANYONE WHO MATTERED THAT BECAUSE THEY WERE PLAYING NO-HUDDLE OFFENSE AGAINST UNRANKED TEAMS IN THE 4TH QUARTER, THEY WERE SOMEHOW MORE DESERVING BECAUSE OF HOW “DOMINANT” THEY WERE PLAYING. THIS IS A STUPID SYSTEM, THAT ALLOWS STUPID RESULTS LIKE OKLAHOMA PLAYING IN THE TITLE GAME WHEN THEY… THAT’S RIGHT… LOST TO TEXAS!
In the words of the Big Awkward Rapper, Oklahoma needs to tell Florida how that loss tastes. If I’m Stoops, the Marv Levy of college coaches, I run to the NFL. No one likes you. You’re not good enough. Go join Mark Richt wherever it is overrated coaches go to die.
(Full disclosure: Texas gave us all a preamble of just how much we’ve inflated the Big 12 this year, when they squeaked out a win against an Ohio State team that nearly everyone thought was clearly over matched.)
Top 5 Reasons Florida Won
5) Florida made the big play on special teams when it mattered.
Leading 14-7, Oklahoma was setting up for a 49 yard field goal late in the 3rd quarter to bring it within 4. Sooner K Jimmy Stevens drove it low, however, and Gator DE Carlos Dunlap got a hand on it, to once again swing momentum back to Florida after Oklahoma had strung together a decent scoring drive.
4) Urban Meyer is known as an offensive guru. But you don’t win 2 national titles with just a good offensive attack.
Meyer showed why he has one of the best programs going in the country, winning his 2nd title in the last three seasons. Meyer is an expert at developing players who will excel in his tried and successful offense, but has had the smarts to have the right people around him who excel on the defensive side of the ball as well. UF defensive coordinator Charlie Strong has for years put a well-coached and aggressive defense on the field, and his squad gave the Sooners fits.
3) Florida’s defense showed that there is a humongous divide between SEC style defense and the skid mark stains that the Big 12 calls “defense”.
No one all season saw Oklahoma struggle the way they struggled last night. Even when they were threatening, Florida always held firm. Stoops played it aggressive and was burned twice near the goal-line, but you can’t blame him for that. Oklahoma had their way with teams all year. Not tonight. Florida’s defense was simply outstanding. Credit safety Ahmad Black with one of the best interceptions of the year in the 4th to deflate any hope of a Sooner comeback.
2) Percy Harvin played the entire game after most thought he might only be able to give a Florida a few plays.
The Florida’s staff as well as Harvin himself, were telling the media before the game that he was about 90% heading to kick off. Instead of nobly gimping his way around for a few plays like a Chargers running back, Harvin absolutely throttled the Sooner run defense, going for 122 yards on only 9 carries. Harvin kept the Sooners honest and allowed Tebow to establish his own running game in the 2nd half.
1) Tim Tebow might become the new millennium’s Gino Torretta in the NFL, but when he decides he isn’t going to lose, you’re screwed.
As creepy as Fox’s broadcast was regarding Tebow, the only thing they didn’t exaggerate was Tebow’s incomparable desire to beat anyone else on the field. Throwing as many interceptions in the first half as he had all season (2), he bounced back to rush for 109 yards and kept the ball in Florida’s hands for so long that Oklahoma never was able to find an offensive rhythm. Tebow may not be Jesus, but he was the reason Florida refused to lose.
Top 1 Reason Why Oklahoma Lost
1) Bob Stoops.
At first it was a fluke. Then it was sad. Now it’s just depressing. Stoops has lost five straight BCS bowl games after winning a national title in his second season in Norman. Stoops came in with a reputation as a skilled tactician on the defensive side of the ball, which seemed to pay off when the Sooners beat Florida State in 2000 to win the BCS National Championship, 13-2. Since then, he has lost his reputation as a both a big game coach, and a defensive guru. Leaning more now on offensive stars to create victories, they have looked foolish on the biggest stage for half a decade now when facing elite defenses. After winning his only title, Stoops has now dropped 3 straight national title contests, and also lost two embarrassing games to Boise State and West Virginia in that time as well.
Last night, Oklahoma simply did not adjust to Florida’s game plan, and managed to score only 14 points after averaging over 60 points the previous five games. Oklahoma’s ineptitude has to be directed back to Stoops, who had a month to prepare and yet still allowed Florida to dictate the tempo of the game, never once making any real effort to take control of the game. The Sooners coaching staff will also forever be second guessed for their refusal to kick field goals deep in Florida territory on two occasions and getting zero points to show for it. Personally, I blame your stupid visor, Bob. I hate that visor. It’s like all Steve Spurrier graduates have to wear a visor.
It wasn’t a playoff championship, but the game was good enough to keep me from writing a cliche blog about the evils of the BCS. I’ve more or less come to accept that this will be the way it is. Sure it’s stupid, arbitrary and completely biased (ask half the members of the Harris Poll, who admitted to never having once seen Utah play in the regular season), but at least we don’t have to deal with that douche “mythical” champion crap. Count your blessings, America.