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Would a college football playoff work…

bowl-season-logoHere is a guest column from my friend and co-blogger for Kicks Soccer blog, Alex Haueter. He’s quite knowledgable, and he approached me about a post National Championship Game post/column. So here are his words.

When Sam Bradford’s pass fell incomplete on fourth-and-four with about two-and-a-half minutes remaining in Thursday’s BCS National Championship Game, pens hit paper and fingers struck keyboards throughout the country as sports writers began an annual ritual.

The summary of a title game between two good teams?

Don’t be so naive.

Instead, American sportswriters have come to prefer bashing the BCS instead of writing about it. Even in the Associated Press’ summary of the game, the writer includes an obligatory reference to a college playoff system. Florida’s win got it the silverware, but fans of Texas, USC and Utah are hardly willing to acknowledge the Gators as national champions.

Do these other teams have an argument? Of course, they do. Utah did all that was asked of it, winning its games by an average of almost 20 points with an early season win at Michigan and victories over (at the time) 12th-ranked Texas Christian, 14th-ranked Brigham Young and fourth-ranked Alabama, a team that spent much of the season atop the polls. Texas was a missed tackle away from a perfect season, and beat Oklahoma on a neutral field by the same spread as Florida. USC’s stifling defense held its opposition to barely more than a touchdown per game, and probably would have done so against Penn State in the Rose Bowl had the game not been out of hand by halftime.

At the end of the season, the BCS is not the right way to find a national champion. Anything involving computers and algorithms that the average fan can’t understand isn’t. The system it replaced wasn’t perfect, either, but there was room for compromise through split national titles. Those, of course, caused plenty of debate, too. Remember the 1997 season? At the end of the year, Nebraska and Michigan shared the honor, despite the feeling of most pundits that the Cornhuskers would have easily handled the Wolverines had they played at year’s end. Continue reading

Bradford wins Heisman

Oklahoma football player Sam Bradford, right, speaks after he won the Heisman Trophy during a ceremony Saturday, Dec. 13, 1008 in New York.  (AP)

Oklahoma football player Sam Bradford, right, speaks after he won the Heisman Trophy during a ceremony Saturday, Dec. 13, 1008 in New York. (AP)

In what was an anticlimactic ceremony, Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford came away from the Downtown Athletic Club of New York carrying the Heisman Trophy.

Bradford beat out Texas’ Colt McCoy and the reigning Heisman winner, Florida’s Tim Tebow, for the honor. Bradford becomes only the second sophomore ever — Tebow was a sophomore last season when he won — to win the Heisman.

This announcement came as no surprise to me — as I had predicted it early in the day — but I was somewhat disappointed by the result.

After seeing the voting totals, however, I thought it was a supremely interesting Heisman race. I mean all one needs to see is the final votes to see how interesting the race truly was.

Bradford received 300 first-place votes, McCoy 266 and Tebow 309. Not since 1956 — Tommy McDonald of Oklahoma — had a player drawn the most first-place votes and finished third. Continue reading

And the Heisman goes to…

Heisman finalists Sam Bradford, left, of Oklahoma, Colt McCoy, center, of Texas, and Tim Tebow, of Florida, pose for a photo after The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards ceremony in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008. (AP)

Heisman finalists Sam Bradford, left, of Oklahoma, Colt McCoy, center, of Texas, and Tim Tebow, of Florida, pose for a photo after The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards ceremony in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008. (AP)

Today marks the biggest day of individual achievement in college football, the presentation of the Heisman Trophy.

This year brings with it an interesting fight for this coveted statue, including maybe the three most compelling arguments for the award I’ve seen in a long time. However, that isn’t the only storyline that has lead up to tonight’s award ceremony. No, there has also been plenty of controversy.

It all started with the controversy of the BCS and the Big 12 Championship. With the extra game, Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford showed himself well against a slumping defense and lead the Sooners to their fifth straight 60-point game. But did Oklahoma deserve the extra game over Colt McCoy and Texas? It’s debatable.

Then there is the invitations sent out by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York , and how Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell wasn’t even invited. Instead, there were only three invitations sent out … to Oklahoma’s Bradford, Texas’ McCoy and Florida’s Tim Tebow.

Although there was controversy about the invitations, there is no controversy about whether one of these three would win the award. With that in mind, here’s a look at each one of these three candidates. Continue reading

Oklahoma clearly cream of Big 12 crop

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (14) celebrates with offensive lineman Brian Simmons after Oklahoma scored a touchdown against Missouri during the second quarter of the Big 12 Championship football game Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP)

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (14) celebrates with offensive lineman Brian Simmons after Oklahoma scored a touchdown against Missouri during the second quarter of the Big 12 Championship football game Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP)

The Big 12 Conference Championship is over, and there is a clear cut winner of the conference.

With all the controversy that has befallen the conference and the inclusion of the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Championship game over Texas, I still think the correct team was in the game. And I have a feeling that Missouri thinks so too.

Last night, Oklahoma bludgeoned the Tigers of Missouri to the tune of 62-21 — marking the fifth straight game the Sooners had scored 60 or more — and in all reality clinching a spot in the BCS Championship Game.

Yes, a rematch between OU and Texas would be great fun to watch, and I wish it was possible. However, without that game to watch, Oklahoma just looks like the better team right now. Not only that but I believe the Sooners have the best chance of beating Florida in the BCS Championship.

Texas is a great team, and they are second by just the slimmest of margins. But, they are a clear second in my opinion. Anyway, here’s my Big 12 rankings: Continue reading

Texas is class of the Big 12

Texas quarterback Colt McCoyl, left, evades Oklahoma State safety Andre Sexton during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, in Austin, Texas. Texas won 28-24.(AP)

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, left, evades Oklahoma State safety Andre Sexton during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, in Austin, Texas. Texas won 28-24.(AP)

At this point in time it’s pretty easy to choose the No. 1 spot on my Big 12 rankings. There’s just no way that Texas doesn’t get the nod, they’ve earned it.

This past weekend Colt McCoy led the No. 1 Longhorns to an outstanding 28-24 win over No. 6 Oklahoma State. I came away from watching this game thinking two things:

  1. Colt McCoy is a completely different player from last year, and he doesn’t let mistakes faze him. Texas is scary, especially since they’ll get McCoy and leading receiver Jordan Shipley back next season.
  2. Oklahoma State is the real deal. They came to play and nearly beat the Longhorns. It was a very impressive game from Mike Gundy’s kids.

McCoy went 38-45 for 391 yards, two touchdowns and one interception Continue reading

Tebow tabs McCoy

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (12) is pursued by Missouri defender Ziggy Hood, right, during the first quarter of their NCAA football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008. Texas' Charlie Tanner assists on the play. (AP)

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (12) is pursued by Missouri defender Ziggy Hood, right, during the first quarter of their NCAA football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008. Texas' Charlie Tanner assists on the play. (AP)

Current Heisman Trophy holder and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has come out and said he thinks that Colt McCoy has his support for the award this year.

I think it is a little early to be saying who deserves the votes, although you can speculate on who deserves it so far.

McCoy definitely leads my list of Heisman contenders — just the numbers he’s putting up and the way he’s played against top notch teams — but he has far from locked it up. Heck there are a host of players in the Big XII who deserve to be talked about for the award at this juncture. Continue reading

First BCS standings released

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (12) rushes for a touchdown as he is defended by Missouri's Stryker Sulak, right, during the first quarter of their NCAA football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008.  (AP)

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (12) rushes for a touchdown as he is defended by Missouri's Stryker Sulak, right, during the first quarter of their NCAA football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008. (AP)

The Bowl Championship Series truly starts mattering this week as the rankings were released today for the first time this season. There are no surprises as to who is in the top three, and these rankings — along with all others — point to a good showing by the Big XII (South). There are four Big XII South teams represented in the top ten of the ranking.

Here’s the top ten in the rankings: Continue reading