Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Florida Wins BCS Championship

Wes Elsberry, who graduated from the University of Florida, was thinking a few weeks ago of making the trip to Arizona to see them play Ohio State for the national championship. I sarcastically said, “You wanna travel all that way just to watch them get their butts kicked?” Okay, so I’m apparently not gonna make a living betting on college football, but who in the world could have foreseen what happened last night? Even the Florida fans and players could not have imagined that they could dominate the game the way they did. How dominant? How about holding Ohio State to a dismal 82 total yards in the game? They didn’t just beat Ohio State, they humiliated them, made them look like a high school team on both sides of the ball. Just a stunning performance. And Florida now holds the championships in both football and basketball, the first time that has ever happened. Pretty impressive.

Comments

  1. #1 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    January 9, 2007

    Go Boise State!

  2. #2 SLC
    January 9, 2007

    The fact is that the Big Ten is overrated. This result was eminently predictable based on the result of the Michigan/USC game in the Rose Bowl. Florida/USC would have been a better game.

  3. #3 Dave Munger
    January 9, 2007

    Based on bowl results, Florida probably should have been playing the Big East champion. Who won the Big East, again?

  4. #4 Tulle
    January 9, 2007

    Gators! Gators! Gators!

    Sorry can’t help myself. I agree with SLC, the Big Ten have been riding their past. A LONG time ago when I as in school the Big Ten was something but now as many of the Ten, or Twelve or ever how many it is now, have gone soft so tough teams don’t need to be so tough anymore. The SEC has just gotten tougher over the years.

  5. #5 cserpent
    January 9, 2007

    It wasn’t all Florida. You have to give credit to OSU for choking.

  6. #6 Jeff Hebert
    January 9, 2007

    That was a pretty impressive butt-kicking, that’s for sure. Ohio State looked like a team that hadn’t played in 51 days, and which was outclassed mentally and physically.

    I’m jealous about Florida’s dual basketball-football championship, I was hoping against hope Texas would win the tournament last year and we’d have done it, but oh well. We do still have dual championships in football and baseball in the same calendar year, but that’s not nearly as impressive.

    Gratz to the Gators out there, very well done indeed.

  7. #7 Reed A. Cartwright
    January 9, 2007

    Dual Football and Basketball is nothing. When I was and undergrad, UGA won four national championships in one year (1999): W Gymnastics, W Swimming & Diving, M Golf, and M Tennis.

  8. #8 RPM
    January 9, 2007

    Technically Appalachian State is the Div I national champion according to the NCAA. Florida won the BCS national championship and finished 1st in the AP and Coaches’ polls. But AppState have the wood and brass plaque that proclaims them national champs.

    Florida are champions in name only.

  9. #9 Dave L
    January 9, 2007

    As Jeff said, before we start calling the Big Ten ‘overrated’, keep in mind that OSU played their last game two weeks before Florida’s last game, over 50 days ago. No question, Florida played a great game, and the way they were playing last night I don’t know if anyone could have beaten them. But if they standardize these idiotic schedules and play 2 weeks or so after the end of the season, with in this case Florida coming off a win over Ark and OSU over Michigan, you’re going to get a whole different ball game. I doubt we would see as anemic an OSU team as played last night.

    Great coaching on the part of the Gators, and they really had their team ready to play from the very start of the game. I never mind seeing OSU lose, but was hoping for a better game.

  10. #10 egbooth
    January 9, 2007

    I’d like to just remind everyone that there was one Big Ten team that was left out of a BCS game with only one loss who didn’t choke in their Bowl Game. The Wisconsin Badgers! Say what you will…it was not a pretty game…but the Badgers defense did a hell of a job against a tough Arkansas offensive attack. And Wisconsin is a very young team led by a rookie coach. Not too shabby of a season.

    We will lose our QB Stocco (with a replacement who started a few games this season) and a top 5 draft pick (OL Joe Thomas) but besides that…they are in great shape. Look out for them next year.

  11. #11 Noodle
    January 9, 2007

    Well, say what you want, Florida came to play and Ohio State did not. Ed, you’re right that it was unexpected. I fully expected we’d get beat but that we’d at least make a decent accounting for ourselves. I was overjoyed to see how Florida played. It was a fun game to watch. This Gator went to bed happy.

    Go Gators!

  12. #12 MarkP
    January 9, 2007

    Reed, don’t talk minor sports titles with Texas fans. We win so many of them it’s hard to keep track.

    As for the claims that the Big 10 is overrated, a position I have sympathy for, keep in mind that much of that rating was garnered from computer rankings, and while they may be imperfect, they aren’t biased. I think the reslts we saw for Michigan and Ohio State were due more to the West Coast effect (Big 10 teams lose the Rose bowl regularly), and a long layoff respectively.

  13. #13 Daniel Morgan
    January 9, 2007

    It’s great…to be…a Florida Ga-tor…yes it’s great…to be..a Florida Ga-tor

    …who in the world could have foreseen what happened last night?

    Well, no one thought Florida would play up to their potential and [arguably, besides special teams on the first kickoff] make no real mistakes, as well as that their coaches would “undress ‘The Sweater Vest’” with ease. That said, this guy was willing to predict a win, against the consensus of all his co-analysts, and so he foresaw the end result: UF as BCS Champs.

    I also remember Lee Corso putting on the Gator head at the UF-Auburn game when they did Gameday there. So, he isn’t actually prescient, just a fan :-)

  14. #14 RickD
    January 10, 2007

    Before we say that the Big Ten was overrated, let’s look at how their two premier teams, Michigan and Ohio State, who many pundits should be playing a rematch for the national championship, performed in their respective bowl games.

    (Looks at box scores, cringes.)

    OK, now we can say the Big Ten was overrated.

    BTW, the Big East went 5-0 in Bowl games. That doesn’t mean the Big East was the strongest conference (I would give that crown to the SEC), but it does mean that the Big East was the most underrated of the major conferences.

  15. #15 raj
    January 10, 2007

    This graduate of Ohio State remarks: There was a football game?

    When I was a student there, we had to pay a “student activity fee,” in addition to tuition and room&board. The only benefit of the fee was that we got tickets to the football and basketball games, that we could scalp. What we got for scalping the tickets was almost enough to pay for the quarter’s tuition.

    BTW, sometimes I did attend football games. It was interesting to note that, when the games weren’t televised, they would last about 2 hours. But, when the games were televised they would last 3 hours. The difference was, of course, all of the “officials’ time outs” for, of course, commercials.

  16. #16 Dave L
    January 10, 2007

    Before we say that the Big Ten was overrated, let’s look at how their two premier teams, Michigan and Ohio State … performed in their respective bowl games.

    (Looks at box scores, cringes.)

    OK, now we can say the Big Ten was overrated.

    It’s unfortunate that we only have the bowl games to go on, and maybe you are correct that the Big Ten was overrated, at least this year. With this wonderful BCS system though, it’s easy to cherry-pick and find anomalies. For example: Before we say that Florida is the #1 team, let’s see how Florida performed this year.

    (Looks at box scores and sees a 10-point loss to Auburn, who subsequently lost to unranked Georgia, cringes)

    At least OSU and UM lost to top-ranked opponents, (admittedly by a wide margin though). Again, I say even out the schedules and get these teams on an even-playing level. OSU ending their season two weeks before Florida’s doesn’t justify the shellacking they received, but I don’t think it’s entirely inconsequential either.

  17. #17 shiva
    January 10, 2007

    I sat down to watch the game with great expectations, but after the 2nd 15-yard penalty that lead to the Gators’ 2nd TD; I knew the game was out of OSU’s hands. I am glad no one in the OSU team is giving excuses for this sorry misadventure. OSU will learn more from this one game than it has learnt in the entire Tressel era. If they are smart they will go over this game with a microscope and analyse every second in detail. And if they are smarter they will learn to play differently the next time. I watched the Miami Hurricanes-OSU championship game four years ago. It wasn’t anywhere near this one in class. OSU has a great program and will learn how to get over this defeat. If Tressel wants to be remembered as another Bryant, Hayes, Schembechler or even the next Paul Brown, he’s got to work hard in a very different sort of way. Forget the NFL dream (why would anyone want to give up a lighter schedule, and no salary cap problems?)

    Gators did a great job and richly deserve this triumph. This is the liveliest game of football I have seen in a long time – pity I am not a Gators fan, but how I wish I were one!

  18. #18 Ed Brayton
    January 10, 2007

    I can’t imagine why any college coach, in basketball or football, would want to coach in the pros. Rarely do they succeed, and I think it’s because there’s a different skillset for success in college than in the pros, in both sports. Quick, name 3 college coaches in either sport who have made the transition from college to the pros successfully; good luck. In basketball, the list is huge of those who have failed – Lon Kruger, Tim Floyd, Mike Montgomery, PJ Carlisimo, and many others. In football, you’ve got Nick Saban, Lou Holtz, Steve Spurrier and others. You have much more control over your program in college, a shorter season, and players who are far more likely to listen to you because they don’t make twice what you make and they recognize they have something to learn. There’s no way you could get me to go pro if I was a good college coach in either sport.

  19. #19 Daniel Morgan
    January 11, 2007

    I agree entirely re college football coaching > pro football coaching.

    It seems more rare to have a coach around for 20 years in the pros than in college, but perhaps that’s just a probabilities thing, where there are more college coaches overall.

  20. #20 AndyS
    January 11, 2007

    I love college football and cringed at the OSU-Florida game. Turns out what many were saying — that OSU-Michigan would be a better game — was absolutely true. It wouldn’t have been the best two teams in college football but it likely would have been far more fun to watch. God knows Florida played well, perhaps way better than even they expected to, but OSU was just dismal. Watching a blowout like that is just no fun. Boise vs the other OSU — that was awesome fun.

    As for the college vs NFL head coach choice — for the handful of men who ever get that choice — you can’t beat the college deal. In addition to the multi-million dollar salary and sterling benefits (including for some the personal if not unlimited use of a private jet) you don’t have to put up with prima donna players who make more than you do. On the contrary, your college players are legally bound not to make any money playing football. Their compensation is getting to attend college classes and get a degree if they are able. Talk about a power differential…

    [I was shocked to see that one of the starting quarterbacks in one of the bowl games was a mechinal engineering major (just looked it up, it's Sam Hollenbach of the Terrapins with a 3.9 GPA, he's tutored by a PhD student). More typical is one I saw during BCS Title game -- a Florida player majoring in, I kid you not, "recreation programming."]

  21. #21 Ed Brayton
    January 11, 2007

    AndyS-

    Actually, Chris Leak is apparently an excellent student and an academic all-American.

  22. #22 AndyS
    January 12, 2007

    Scout.com says OSU’s Gonzalez is an AAA but I couldn’t find a cite for Leak anywhere (didn’t look very hard, though). I always thought it was cool that Steve Young became a lawyer by going to law school in the NFL off seasons.

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