Alabama-Oklahoma tonight in Sugar Bowl. Two storied programs but I honestly think Alabama will win big. Unless they pull a 2008 Sugar Special. Utah came in and punched ‘Bama in the mouth because ‘Bama didn’t take Utah seriously. And that could happen tonight with Oklahoma. Ask OSU about that.
It will be the end of one incredible run for Alabama. The last three years, the Tide has had no concerns at all when it came to quarterback play. AJ has been the best QB in the country. He is not going to lose a game based on a foolish decision – ahem, Duke, Baylor are you listening? He is a leader and he works the team to the limits of their potential. He is going to be severely missed next year.
Which – to take one final jab at Saban – makes the end of the Iron Bowl even more painful. Put the ball in AJ’s hands. If it’s a loss – fair enough. It’s a loss with Bama taking shots with its best player. /still a little bitter./
Moving on – my hunch is AJ and crew is going to go out with a bang.
Baylor/UCF I want to pull for Baylor. Then I watch them play. They are like the Detroit Lions of the NCAA. Poor defense. Mental errors. Turnovers. Mistakes. Great offense. Undisciplined. Been that way all year with them – especially noticeable when they play good teams. UCF beat them up and Baylor has some major offseason work to do. Mainly learn how to tackle and play a series without getting penalized.
Boring Bowls. There have been a lot of snoozers. For every Duke/A&M or Stanford/MSU game there has been 7 Train Wreck Bowls. Yesterday was bit better but the Bowl Week extravaganza was overall a disappointment.
FSU/Auburn. Who to pull for in this game? I can’t stand Auburn. I think they are the luckiest team in the world this season. They are 3.4 seconds away from being 9-4. 90% of the time they look like the whole thing is going to fall apart but somehow they survive it. Their defense can’t catch a cold but their special teams might just be the best in the land. Ever seen a national champion with a punter as their MVP? It could happen this year.
Florida State – not really all that much better. Let’s all get real here – strength of schedule is not an argument FSU fans should want anything to do with. Clemson and then….crickets. They are fast and talented and they lit up the scoreboard this year. But there isn’t a whole lot of difference between their schedule and Ohio State. So I’m not sure what to make of them.
I will officially pull for Auburn but I’m not gonna lie – there will be a point in the game when FSU will do something awesome and my instincts will kick in and I’ll cheer for them as well. Or I will catch myself yelling something not so nice to Auburn in general – like ‘take that you stupid cow college.’ (I’m a work in progress.)
I do know this: every team that has played Auburn walks away from the game feeling like they were just in a bar room fight. They will not quit. They will not let up. They will not be intimidated. They will walk into that stadium, line up and run that triple veer/modified wishbone/QB option down FSU’s throat. Every single play – punts, field goals, extra points – FSU will feel the intensity and pressure of Auburn.
FSU hasn’t played anybody with that kind of tenacity and running ability. Nor have they played anybody as lucky as Auburn. And that just might make the difference Monday night.