Posted tagged ‘BCS Champion’

Final AP Poll Released: Florida #1, Utah #2

January 8, 2009

The Florida Gators won the BCS Championship game and also earned the #1 spot in the final Associated Press college football poll, released just a short time ago.

I may be preaching to the choir, but the championship NEEDS to be decided by a playoff! How come all other divisions of college football can do this and the BIG BOYS can’t? What will it take to institute a playoff system. Please tell me!

This was a great season of college football, only to be ruined by a lack of a playoff system. I don’t want to take anything away from the Gators, they’re a great team and deserve to be national champions. But what about the other deserving schools? What a ratings bonanza this could have been! Just look at what March Madness has done for the NCAA! Oh well, I can dream right?

So, I ask this of everyone: Who would you vote as your national champion? Do we need a playoff? Thoughts?

From the Associated Press:

Florida is No. 1 in the AP Top 25. Utah is perfect at No. 2, though not perfectly happy.

Texas and Southern California also claimed to be the best — but media voters didn’t think so.

The Gators received 48 first-place votes and 1,606 points in the poll released early Friday, after they beat Oklahoma 24-14 in the BCS national title game.

Utah, the only team in major college football to go undefeated this season, got 16 first-place votes and 1,519 points.

“I thought we had an outside chance,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said in a telephone interview with the AP. “There was enough national sentiment, I thought we might get the No. 1 slot. It wasn’t to be.”

Florida won its third AP national championship and second in the last three seasons. Steve Spurrier and Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel led the Gators to the 1996 title.

No. 3 USC received one first-place vote. Texas was No. 4, and will have to settle with finishing ahead of fifth-ranked Oklahoma.

Alabama’s loss to Utah dropped the Crimson Tide to No. 6 in the final poll.

TCU, Utah’s Mountain West rival, finished seventh, followed by Penn State, Ohio State and Oregon.

Boise State led off the second 10, followed by Texas Tech, Georgia, Mississippi and Virginia Tech.

Oklahoma State, Cincinnati, Oregon State, Missouri and Iowa rounded out the top 20.

Florida State, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Michigan State and BYU were the final five.

Gator Bait: Florida Defeats Oklahoma

January 8, 2009

In the over/under, if you took the under, then my friend, you won big on this game!

Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators are the National Champions of college football, knocking off the Oklahoma Sooners by a score of 24-14.

Now the question remains…are they the undisputed National Champions? What about USC, Texas, Utah. I’m sure after a less than impressive Florida  victory tonight, each school will have their say tomorrow morning.

I say…Let’s have a playoff! What a novel concept. Thoughts?

From the Associated Press:

Tim Tebow gave Florida the jolt it needed, and the Gators toughed out a second BCS title in three years.

Their 24-14 win over No. 2 Oklahoma in a choppy, sloppy affair Thursday night made them a national champion. But it did little to quiet fans of Southern California, Utah and Texas, all of whom already claimed the top spot.

The high-scoring shootout between Heisman Trophy winners never materialized. Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford couldn’t score from in close and Tebow threw two interceptions, as many as he had all season.

Low Tide in New Orleans…Utah Stuns Alabama

January 2, 2009

Well, at least I had the 31 right! (I picked Utah to defeat Alabama 31-27).

The Utah Utes will finish the season as the nation’s only undefeated team. Utah stunned Alabama early and often tonight, winning the Sugar Bowl 31-17 to cap off a perfect 13-0 season.

From ESPN:

Utah is the best of the BCS busters.

Brian Johnson threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns, and the No. 6 Utes upset fourth-ranked Alabama 31-17 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Friday night to finish 13-0.

With the victory, Utah became the first team from a non-BCS conference to win two BCS bowls. The Utes beat Pittsburgh in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl under coach Urban Meyer, going for his second BCS national title with Florida when his Gators play Oklahoma on Thursday in Miami.

Johnson’s pinpoint passing led Utah to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and the Utes refused to wilt when Alabama pulled to 21-17 early in the second half.

Utah’s defense was equally impressive, intercepting John Parker Wilson twice and sacking him eight times, with the seventh sack forcing a fumble that sent crimson-clad Alabama fans streaming for the exits with just more than five minutes to go.

After surging to No. 1 in the rankings with a 12-0 regular season, Alabama closed the season with two consecutive losses, the first against Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Alabama could have used suspended All-America left tackle Andre Smith, but even he might not have been enough to stop a Utah defense that played with speed, ferocity and discipline.

The Utes’ front seven was significantly outweighed by Alabama’s offensive line, but refused to give ground to the Tide’s normally powerful running game that averaged 196.5 yards per game coming into the Sugar Bowl. Glen Coffee was held to 36 yards on 13 carries, while Mark Ingram rushed eight times for only 26 yards.

The Utes’ array of stunts and blitzes appeared to upset Wilson’s rhythm. He overthrew a couple of open receivers downfield and finished 18-of-30 for 177 yards and a touchdown

Utah didn’t seem very interested in running the ball, and who could blame them the way Johnson adeptly spread the ball around to seven receivers? He hit Freddie Brown 12 times for 125 yards.

From the Associated Press:

Utah is the best of the BCS busters. Brian Johnson threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns, and the No. 7 Utes upset fourth-ranked Alabama 31-17 in the Sugar Bowl on Friday night to finish 13-0.

With the victory, Utah became the first team from a non-BCS conference to win two BCS bowls.

Johnson’s pinpoint passing led Utah to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and the Utes refused to wilt when Alabama pulled to 21-17 early in the second half.

Utah’s defense was equally impressive, intercepting John Parker Wilson twice and sacking him eight times, with the seventh sack forcing a fumble that sent crimson-clad Alabama fans streaming for the exits with just more than five minutes to go.

After surging to No. 1 in the rankings with a 12-0 regular season, Alabama closed the season with two consecutive losses, the first against Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship game.


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