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BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

Posted on: January 3, 2009 6:06 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2009 1:25 pm
 

While many of the players from Oklahoma and Florida were preparing for their matchup to decide who will be crowned BCS Champion, they couldn't help but take notice of what Utah did against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl last night.

Utah, which is the only undefeated team in the nation, knocked off the SEC runner-up 31-17, a wider margin than what the Gators did in the SEC Championship (31-20).

Jermaine Gresham says he'd prefer a playoff system.So does Utah deserve a share of the national championship?

"When they play big teams every week, maybe we can talk," said Florida safety Ahmad Black. "Not to take anything away from them, but their strength of schedule isn't up to par."

Despite beating four Top 25 teams throughout the season, including Oregon State, which was the only team to beat USC, the Utes SOS is ranked No. 57 according to CBSSports.com, while the Gators' is ranked No. 3. Oklahoma's is No. 1.

"Utah played their butt off and very hard against a great Alabama team. They were the better team that night," said Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham. "I know they are undefeated and that's great, but we have to just roll with it."

How about one more game? Utah vs. the winner of Oklahoma vs. Florida.

"I don't mind a playoff," added Gresham. "I prefer it to this system. The problem is the teams that win now, they think they are the best. If we go to a playoff we can see. I think that would be right."

Stoops and Broncos

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops' name has come up as the NFL's Denver Broncos seach for a new coach, but that's news to Stoops.

"What situation? That's a rumor that I have not heard and no one has contacted me about that so I don't know anything about it," said Stoops. "We're preparing for a national championship and that's all my focus and all my concentration's on so obviously I'm not a candidate."

It's not the first time Stoops' name has come up for a NFL coaching job. The coach with a 109-23 overall record in ten seasons as Oklahoma, including 32-12 vs. ranked opponents, had his name come up for the Dallas Cowboys job in 2007 and the Kansas City Chiefs job in 2006.

Murray = Bush

Oklahoma will be without do-it-all sophomore DeMarco Murray, who is out after having surgery to repair a hamstring injury.

Murray finished the season with 1,002 yards rushing, while also averaging 27.6 yards on kick returns and scoring 18 total touchdowns. Chris Brown, who leads the team with 1,110 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns, gave Murray quite the compliment during Saturday's press conference.

"Whenever you look at us, DeMarco is like a Reggie Bush-type of runner, and I'll be the LenDale White," said Brown. "He can catch out the backfield like Bush and turn something small into a huge play. I'm more conservative and wait for things to develop."

Tickets, please

While Oklahoma has no players from South Florida (Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties), the Gators have plenty.

Florida has 17 players from the tri-county area, including safety Major White (Miramar/St. Thomas Aquinas), who was an honorable mention All-American.

"As soon as the game was over against Alabama, I got calls from people saying 'Can you get me this? Can you get me that?' I only get six tickets so I was only thinking about that."

 

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Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2009 11:31 pm
 

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

Yarn

I do agree with you about the final game- but I think you soiled your arguement with the line right before it {Florida beats Utah 9 or 10 tumes)

Maybe but they only have to beat them once for it to count.- You wanna be the undisputed champ? Keep the goosegg in the loss column.

Or we can do it like they did in the 70's when Texas and Penn St finished undefeated- they let President Nixon decide!  Now that a good one- Ole George W could declare- the Fightin Irish of Texas, No#1




Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2009 6:04 pm
 

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

Good but----

Why ruin what we have with a playoff----------- only in America, could a team go 1-10 and just happen to beat the team that beat the team that was number one.

Everybody gets to claim the championship- we spend moocho money, watch tons of satellite TV, eat nachos till we're sick and still get to bet a beer on who's number one. We won't miss this system till it's gone, when it is, then only 4 or 5 teams will actually be interesting when we get to the bottom half of the schedule. We watch Pro football )playoff system) and a 9-7 team makes the playoffs, ends up being SUPER BOWL champs- why watch the regular season? There's gotta be some pride in college football to go 12-1, whether you get the trophy or not. Beside- what would we talk about in bars when the chicks turn us away.




Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2009 5:53 pm
 

BCS Champ Utah No. 1?( Lets talk parity)

Parity outweighs the schedule

Alabama- good team- ok, but #1- never should have been.  Texas, Tech Tech, USC, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Missouri, even Penn State at a close Number 3, had chances to be #1 - actually were #1, or could have been playing for #1 except for ONE SPECIFIC ITEM;

They all had a LOSS- nothing in there about ALMOST UNDEFEATED, you want to do that then, lose 10 of 11 by a point - go 1-10 and if it wasn't  for 10 points- you'd be undefeated (which by the way is one less point then Florida beat Alabama.

Why you asking Ahmad Black- he plays for FLorida, what did you expect him to say? As far as Stregnth of Schedule- well, gotta weigh the loses the same as the wins if you're talking schedule

Florida beat 5-top25 teams,: and still got beat by Mississippi by a point, this is the team that got beat by Alabama by 4 during the season but lost to South Carolina who in turn lost to Vanderbilt who in turn lost to Duke who in turn lost to Northwestern who in turn lost to Indiana who in turn lost to Ball St.-a  team that was actually 12-1 for the season, so BALL STATE vrs FLORIDA should be an interesting bowl game. (That Mid-American Conference- hooha!) To bad they lost their conference to Buffalo who lost to Conneticut  who in turn  lost to Pittsburgh, who in turn lost to Bowling Green, who in turn lost to BOISE STATE who was 12-0 regualar season and finished 12-1, then losing by a point to TCU who by coincidence lost to UTAH by 3 during the season.

If I was a UTAH player, I'd ask Ahmad to match numbers in the loss column- SEC isn't as dominating as the Big12, and Notre Dame handled Hawaii as good as Florida. As for the Big 12, This might have been one of their most dominate years as a conference, but then the championship game is only one team against another- not a conference. Every conference has their power teams- Texas, Oklahoma, - remember when it was Nebraska, even Colorado had a streak, but how about Baylor- 3 times to a bowl in the '90's and they were 1-2, last two major bowls were the COTTON in '74 and '80 (we talking 30 years) and they lost to Alabama and Penn State. Iowa State is 2-3 in bowls since it has been in the Big 12., but, Penn State has been 25-12-2 in bowls and 8-2 since they joined the BIG 10, Michigan is 18-20 in bowls, but take away USC and they're 16-14. Every conference has their time- and parity now is the best it's ever been in Division I, all other issues can be addressed to Appalachian State.




Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2009 3:35 pm
 

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

By creating the NC game, BCS has created a self-fulfilling prophesy so no non-BCS team can win the NC. Consider how Utah stacks up against Florida or Oklahoma if the NC game wasn't played this week.

Utah vs. Florida

  1. Common opponent - Alabama - Utah has a larger margin of victory in a more hostile environment
  2. Next best opponent - Utah over TCU, Florida over Georgia - TCU is better than Georgia because they beat higher ranked teams and lost to higher ranked teams than Georgia
  3. Next best opponent - Utah over BYU, Mississippi over Florida - Florida loss gives Utah clear advantage

Utah vs. Oklahoma

  1. Common opponent - TCU - Oklahoma has a higher margin of victory over TCU than Utah
  2. Next best opponent - Utah over Alabama, Texas over Oklahoma - Utah wins this round
  3. Next best opponents - Utah over BYU & Oregon State, Oklahoma over TT, Cincinnati & Missouri - advantage Oklahoma

So if the NC game is never played Utah makes a much better case than Florida and Oklahoma makes a slightly better case than Utah. But when Florida or Oklahoma wins the NC game, that extra quality win gives them the clear advantage over Utah. So the non-BCS team can't win a NC based on quality wins. If the system didn't change because Auburn lost out, it won't change because Utah will.

The only way the BCS can be broken is for the MWC and WAC to combine their best football teams into a single conference and play strong BCS teams OOC.




Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2009 2:54 pm
 

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

I guess the only thing to say to that is put up or shut up...
No one stands to say that Utah isn't number 1. Who did they lose to?



Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2009 2:20 pm
 

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

Aint no one standing to say Utah aint #1.........How bout 80% of the country! Come watch the big boys on Thursday Night.

Let's have this conversation about 12 midnight on Thursday, Friday morning.

At that point, I want you to tell me the Utes can hang with the Gators!

I may have put my foot in my mouth, but we'll see.

 





Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2009 3:10 pm
 

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

USC, Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida could beat Utah.



Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2009 1:15 pm
 

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

Look what the Pac 10 did in the Bowls.... Undefeated

Look at the Mountain West against the Pac 10 this year.

Week Schedule my ass, @ Michigan, Oregon ST, TCU, ALABAMA... Come on people, dont act like you know what you're talking about when you talk shit. Get the facts right and then try to say something.




Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2009 10:53 am
 

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

Well people are saying that Alabama was way overated this year just because Utah beat them.  I guess that makes an arguement that the SEC is a weak conference considering that they were undefeated and played in the SEC title game and barely lost to Florida.  If the SEC is really as good as people say it is, than Utah proved something.  Say all you want.  Utah didn't just beat Alabama, they embarrassed them.



Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2009 10:42 am
 

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

Who cares if Alabama wasn't up for the game.  So if Utah lost in the NC game I would just say that they were not up for the game.  What a lame excuse.  The SEC is way overated its sickening.  Utah did what they had to do.  Everyone else did not.  Losses to oregon st. and ole miss, come on.  Those teams didn't prove much this year.  And by the way the Mountain West is a really good conference.  Ever wonder why none of these so called BCS teams will come and play us out west.  Its because they are afraid of losing. 


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