Posted tagged ‘National Championship’

It’s an Oregon Ducks Day

January 10, 2011

I’m not a religious person…but I’ll be saying a prayer for an Oregon Ducks victory tonight in the National Championship game in Glendale, Arizona!

I’m sticking by my prediction of a 44-41 Oregon victory over the Auburn Tigers. This should be a game for the ages but only time will tell!

Go Ducks!

Andrew Luck to Return to Stanford

January 6, 2011

Great news for Pac 10 and Stanford Cardinal fans! ESPN is reporting that Andrew Luck will return to Palo Alto for his Junior year in 2011.

Can you say Heisman? National Championship? Maybe! I bet the Carolina Panthers are a little upset right now…

From ESPN:

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 pick in this spring’s NFL draft, announced Thursday that he will stay in school and play his redshirt junior season. “I am committed to earning my degree in architectural design from Stanford University and am on track to accomplish this at the completion of the spring quarter of 2012,” Luck said in a statement. The school announced that Luck wouldn’t be made available for comment.

The Carolina Panthers own the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft and indicated earlier this week that they would be interested in drafting Luck if he decided to leave school.

Boise State Does it Again

January 5, 2010

Congrats once again to the “Little Agent That Could”.

In a battle of non-BCS schools, the Boise State Broncos knocked off TCU 17-10 last night in the Fiesta Bowl.

With the game tied at 10-10 in the 4th quarter, coach Chris Petersen dug into his bag of tricks and pulled out a fake punt on a 4th and 9 play from their own 33 yard line. The play worked to perfection as the Broncos gained 29 yards and went on to score the winning touchdown.

What a game! Not quite as dramatic as the earlier Idaho vs. Bowling Green match-up but still, both teams put on a great show! 14-0 is something to be proud of Boise State, even if you won’t be National Champions.

From Fox Sports:

The latest BCS upgrade happened here Monday night when the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl assisted in crowning the first Irrational Champion.

Let’s use the I-word, because we’ve been a bit numbed by the extravagant caterwauling coming from both sides of the TCU vs. Boise State issue. As you may recall, a lot of BCS haters were greatly agitated when it was decided that two unbeaten teams — each representing a non-BCS conference — would celebrate this regular-season perfection by playing each other instead of some traditional powerhouse from a supposed big-league school. And the pro-BCS crowd has been a bit heavy-handed in insisting that teams from non-BCS leagues aren’t worthy of national championship contention.

Anyway, with the sixth-ranked Broncos (14-0) posting a 17-10 triumph over the fourth-ranked Horned Frogs (12-1), we now are obliged to figure out what we learned while watching two unbeaten teams slug it out in a game with no real championship on the line.

From Yahoo Sports:

Between hugging teammates, hugging cheerleaders, hugging coaches and hugging more cheerleaders, Boise State linebacker Derrell Acrey took a moment from the postgame Fiesta fiesta and declared that one day his Broncos weren’t going to play in just any BCS bowl. They were going to play in the BCS bowl.

The one for the crystal football.

“Sooner or later it’s coming,” Acrey said. “One of these days … one of these days.”

How about one of these days coming in 368 days, Jan. 8, 2011, when on this very field in suburban Phoenix the BCS championship game will be held.

It’s then Boise State might – just might – be able to break through college football’s final wall and become the first team from outside the traditional six major conferences to play for it all. Or put it this way, if the Broncos deliver a third consecutive perfect regular season in 2010 and they aren’t selected, the teams picked ahead of them better be the Colts and the Chargers.

Boise did its Fiesta Bowl thing again Monday, winning here for the second time in four years, this time 17-10 over fourth-ranked TCU. They finished the season 14-0 and should wind up ranked in the Top 3 of the final poll. They’ve won 26 of their last 27 games. They return 21 of 22 starters and 42 of their top 44 players on their two-deep roster. That includes sophomore quarterback Kellen Moore, who just had a season where he threw for 39 touchdowns against just three interceptions.

Minimal Changes in BCS Rankings

November 22, 2009

Here’s a look at the BCS rankings for November 22, 2009:

Florida remains No. 1, followed by Alabama, Texas, TCU, Cincinnati, Boise State and Georgia Tech. Oregon jumped up three spots, to No. 8, with their dramatic victory over Arizona. Pittsburgh and Ohio State remained ninth and 10th.

Only one non-Big Six team is guaranteed a spot in the BCS if it meets the criteria. Any others would be at-large candidates. At-large candidates must have at least nine victories and finish in the top 14 in the final BCS standings.

From Rivals.com:

The three components of the BCS standings are the coaches’ poll; the Harris poll, voted on by media members and by former players, coaches and administrators; and six computers. Each of the components counts one-third. The best and worst computer rankings are thrown out, and the sum total of the remaining four is divided by 100 (the maximum possible points) to come up with the BCS’ computer rankings percentage.

While strength of schedule isn’t a BCS component, all six computers have a strength-of-schedule factor in their rankings.

The fourth-place team in the BCS is important because Alabama and Florida play each other in the SEC championship game, meaning the fourth-place team has a chance to jump to second should Texas lose either its regular-season finale to Texas A&M or to Nebraska in the Big 12 championship game.

USC Hangs on to Defeat Notre Dame

October 17, 2009

USC should have dominated this game, but they kept letting Notre Dame get back in it.

I thought in the end that Clausen was going to send it to overtime, but the Trojan defense held on.

With Florida and Texas nearly getting knocked off, and Virginia Tech having trouble with Georgia Tech, I wonder how the Top 10 will look on Monday. Alabama should jump to number one, in my opinion, if they win, and win big over South Carolina.

From the Associated Press:

Jimmy Clausen threw three incomplete passes into the end zone in the closing seconds as No. 6 Southern California held on for a 34-27 victory and its eighth straight win against No. 25 Notre Dame on Saturday.

Notre Dame’s streak of last-minute victories ended at three, but the Fighting Irish at least showed they could compete with their longtime rivals this season.

Referees Give #1 Florida Gators a 23-20 Win

October 17, 2009

UPDATE: Virginia Tech knocked off by Georgia Tech! Check out my BCS predictions here.

UPDATE 2: Good story on the BS that is the BCS.

Arkansas played well.

Florida played awful.

The referees were the worst. *A close second goes to the two missed kicks by the Arkansas kicker who could have won the game for them*

I’m not a Razorbacks fan, or a Gators fan, just a college football fan. This was embarrassing to watch. Usually, you see one or two bad calls in a game. But in this game, there was bad call after bad call including two on a 4th quarter drive that got Florida back in the game and eventually the win with a 29 yard field goal with only 9 seconds left to play.

Nice attempt at the hook and lateral on the kickoff, though, by Arkansas.

So Florida hangs on. Texas hangs on. Alabama and Virginia Tech still to play. Who’s number one?

I’m not going to downplay how good the SEC is. They are the best conference in all of college football. But they ONLY PLAY EACH OTHER.

Most of the teams play patsy schedules, outside of their own conference. I saw during the game today that the announcers were talking about the BCS Championship game and how if all the teams end up with one or even two losses, that an SEC team should automatically play a Big 12 team. Honestly, that would probably be a GREAT game. But it should not be automatic because the teams play in the Big 12 and SEC.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: WE NEED A PLAYOFF! That’s all I can say. Whether it be an 8 or 16 team playoff. It’s necessary. Look at a couple years ago when Boise State upset Oklahoma. Last year when Utah routed Alabama. Just because teams play in conferences that are considered “weaker” than others, they get no respect. I would love to see the teams play it out on the field, and not amongst voters and computers.

Just my opinion. What’s yours?

“Perfect” UConn Women’s Team Wins National Championship

April 8, 2009

Tina Charles had 25 points and grabbed 19 rebounds Tuesday night as the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team defeated Louisville 76-54 and captured the Huskies’ sixth title.

From the Associated Press:

“I’m so overwhelmed how I feel about the way it ended,” Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said a few minutes after he helped cut down the nets at the Scottrade Center and was carried off the court. “This is the first time since the brackets came out I didn’t feel like I’m going to get sick, physically sick, thinking about everything that was ahead of us.”

It wasn’t just that Connecticut claimed another championship. It was how they did it.

UConn won every one of its 39 games by double digits, a first in college basketball.

“This is first time we can stop and enjoy the win for more than a couple of days,” said senior guard Renee Montgomery, with a beaming smile and a championship net dangling around her neck. “We’re always looking to the future. Now we have time to enjoy this win and all the other ones.”

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.

Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford Wins Heisman Trophy

December 13, 2008

What a season he is having. The only thing better for Sam Bradford than winning the Heisman may be winning a national championship four weeks from now.

From the Associated Press:

The first person to congratulate Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford was the player who won it last year — Tim Tebow.

The star quarterbacks from the top two teams in the country shook hands Saturday night, then embraced.

On Jan. 8, with the national championship on the line, it won’t be so cordial.

Bradford, Oklahoma’s amazingly accurate and quick-thinking passer, won the Heisman after leading the highest-scoring team in major college history to the BCS title game.

A year after Tebow was the first sophomore to win the Heisman, Bradford became the second and kept the Florida star from joining Archie Griffin as the only two-time winners.

Bradford and Tebow will soon meet again, when the No. 2 Sooners (12-1) face No. 1 Gators (12-1) in Miami.

“We’re ready to get back to work to get ready for the 8th,” Bradford said. “When we started this season, winning the national championship was the first goal we put down as a team.”

Next month’s game between Oklahoma and Florida marks the second time Heisman winners will play against each other. The first was in the 2005 Orange Bowl, when ’04 winner Matt Leinart and Southern California beat ’03 winner Jason White and Oklahoma for the national title.

From the New York Times:

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford arrived in Norman three years ago with modest hype and low expectations. The Sooners’ coaches acknowledged that they had recruited him for depth behind Rhett Bomar, who had been the country’s top quarterback prospect.

But Bradford’s rise from relative obscurity to national pre-eminence was sealed Saturday night when he won the Heisman Trophy, which is given annually to the country’s most outstanding college football player.

Bradford, a redshirt sophomore, seemed giddy and overwhelmed as he hugged his parents and his coach, Bob Stoops, and shook hands with a row of former Heisman winners.

“I was definitely surprised,” Bradford said. “I think it was everything I imagined. It’s going to take a few weeks for it to sink in.”

His victory did not come without a dash of drama. Bradford edged Texas quarterback Colt McCoy in the voting, 1,726 to 1,604, in the closest finish since Eric Crouch beat Rex Grossman by 62 points in 2001.

In a sign of how top-heavy the balloting was, McCoy’s second-place total was high enough to have won four of the past eight Heismans.

“Now I know what it’s like for those people on ‘American Idol,’ ” McCoy said. “My heart was pounding. What a great experience.”

The third-place finisher, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, received more first-place votes than Bradford (309-300), becoming the first third-place finisher to do so since 1956. That did not seem to matter to Tebow, who last season became the first sophomore to win the Heisman.

“You lose, you lose,” he said with a smile. When told he had been left off 154 of the 904 ballots, Tebow added, “Either they love us or they hate us — that’s Florida.”

Bill to Kill BCS System to be Proposed?

December 10, 2008

A member of Congress, from Texas, plans to introduce legislation that would force college football to adopt a playoff to determine the national champion. Hey, I’ve always said, I’m all for an NCAA playoff in Division 1 college football! This year is a prime example of how great a postseason could have been.

From the Associated Press:

Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, didn’t specify what sort of playoff he wants — only that the BCS should go.

“In some years the sport’s national championship winner was left unsettled, and at least one school was left out of the many millions of dollars in revenue that accompany the title,” Barton said in a statement released ahead of the bill’s introduction. “Despite repeated efforts to improve the system, the controversy rages on.”

He said the bill — being co-sponsored by Reps. Bobby Rush, an Illinois Democrat, and Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican — “will prohibit the marketing, promotion, and advertising of a postseason game as a ‘national championship’ football game, unless it is the result of a playoff system. Violations of the prohibition will be treated as violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act as an unfair or deceptive act or practice.”

The BCS was created in 1998 by the six most powerful conferences. Since then, the system has been tweaked to make it easier for teams from smaller conferences to qualify for the top games. The sites for the four BCS bowls – the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta – take turns hosting a championship game between the top two teams in the BCS standings, which are based on two human polls and six computer ratings.

This season, Florida (12-1) and Oklahoma (12-1) will meet in the BCS title game Jan. 8 in Miami.


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