Congratulations to the Florida Gators, who captured their second national champion in the last three years. And if we throw their basketball success into the mix, that's four national crowns in the last six tries. Not much doubt who the most dominant program in the country is.
I was pulling for Oklahoma last night, mainly because Bob Stoops is a good friend of Barry Alvarez's, so my Badger roots came out in a roundabout way. Stoops has also become the kind of coach who deserves more support--a consistent winner, who's been on a rough stretch in the biggest games. He made some decisions last night that will be talk-show fodder, mainly going for it on 4th-and-goal from the 1 in the fourth quarter, and aggressively throwing into the end zone at the end of the first half and the resultant interception. But in both cases, he did the right thing. The biggest problem with the goal line stand was the play on third down. Sam Bradford came to the line, and the Sooners were obviously confused or audibiling, because Bradford seemed to stop and chat with about every offensive player before returning to take the snap. That the play would blow up was predictable by that point. And the subsequent interception was just a bad break where the ball was batted around a few times. In the end, it just wasn't Oklahoma's night.
The BCS is again under fire, because Utah is frozen out at 12-0. And with OU's loss, combined with Texas' narrow escape, and bad losses by Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, everyone now has to wonder if the Big 12 was really "all that" to begin with. The only non-conference wins the league had were Oklahoma's wins over Cincinnati and TCU. The only argument for a one-loss team entering a title game over an undefeated one is if their league is vastly superior--not just a little bit, but vastly. The results of the bowls suggest we cannot say that of the Big 12.
But that is no reason to upset the applecart in college football. We just need to wait until after the bowls are over to pick the title-game participants. By then, we'll have a truly good read on which leagues can play, and there will be one more filter to narrow down the choices. And face it, that off-week before the Super Bowl is just begging to have a football game slotted there.
Congrats again to Florida. I'll be back later tonight with the recaps of this week's Big Ten basketball action.