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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, 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: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2009 10:27 am

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

How many of there starters were playing defense two nights ago all of there starters were playing and Utah HUNG 31 on them. Dont play the injury or suspension card here it does not work! Utah would of had 8 sacks go back and look at the game and tell me how many of those sacks came from the right side of the line. 2 of those sacks came from Smiths side OHHHHHHHHHHHH  that hurts. Oh bye the way we have asked those teams in those Confrences to play us and they wont just for the fact of what happened Friday night so dont go away mad just go away!

Since: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2009 8:21 am

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

Don't disagree that USC, Oklahoma or Florida would probably beat Utah, but going into Friday, I would have said the same about Alabama (albeit they have played an easier schedule).  Based on the bowl games, I also think the Big 12 South has been overrated.  (Texas Tech lost / Oklahoma St lost/ we'll see about Texas and Oklahoma).  You never know how good you are until you play other top teams from other conferences.  Play the games on the field and we'll quit questioning.

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2009 5:09 am

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

Hey Hoss, bring your team to the Mountain West, lets see what really happens. The SEC is one of the most overrated conferences in the country, followed closely by the Big 12 and the PAC 10, which, oh by the way, the Mountain West dominated this year. Practice What You Preach! We take all comers, bring your team.

Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2009 5:01 am

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

I love the arguments- Utah dominates the game, but they still aren't "talented enough" to be the best team, even in the game.  I guess that is why they play the games, and not let pregame biases determine the winner.

You say that Utah can't beat decent opponents week in, week out.  Let me clear something up for up for you- Non-BCS teams are 3-1 in BCS games (two of those are Utah blowouts)- surely they can compete with big programs.  Surely you are not saying that all 3 wins were flukes.  And don't give me the "their opponents were overrated" garbage- they come from the same conferences that produce your "talented teams", and were either conference champions or a close runner-up.  Given that the top BCS schools schedule powerhouses like the Citadel, North Texas, La.- Lafayette, Western Kentucky, etc. for their nonconfernce schedules, and play 8 home games a year, there is little opportunity for quality non-BCS teams to prove themselves in the season.

BCS bowl wins should determine that some non-BCS teams are good enough to compete with the big boys, week in, week out.  Remember, BCS coaches are supposed to be better, BCS players are more "talented", as you say, and they have the same amount of time to prepare for their opponents in the bowl games.  9 out of ten times they should win, right?   But 3 out of 4 times, they have lost.  Thats why they play the games- so biases and prejudices won't determine a champion.

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2009 4:57 am

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

Man, there is always an excuse for you SEC wimps when you lose. Your conference is overrated anyway. You bring your teams into the Mountain West, lets see what happens, no wait, I'll tell you what will happen, it will be a blood bath for your team. They will bleed all the way back to the southeast. It would be in your best interest to check the POLLS and see how many Mountain West Teams are in the Top 15 in the Country and furthermore, How many WAC teams are in the Top 20 in the country. I guarentee you, there are more the the SEC has. You big money teams are going to be upset when BS system dies. Then your teams are really going to have to play some real football with NO EXCUSES.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2009 3:19 am

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

Wow nobody beat the Utes in their candy cake schedule the ENTIRE season.  Football is a game where when two talented teams come out to play, some days one can take the cake even if the other team would win the next 9 straight rematches.  But that's the thing... when two TALENTED teams come out to play.  Not Utah who played 2 - 3 decent opponents all year.  Put them in a conference that makes them play good teams week in and week out and they would lose a few of those games.  Winning every single week versus good teams is what makes a team good or great.

And to those people saying, "Oh good teams like Hawaii and Citadel?"  Wow two weak teams in a schedule of 13 as opposed to 10 weak teams in a schedule of 13...  Look at the whole picture and stop using tunnel vision...  But to say Utah is number 1...  Yeah you need tunnel vision for that.

They won their game, I congratulate them, they had one hell of a team this year... But play in a real conference...  You can't complain and whine when you're in a non-BCS conference playing those low-caliber teams all year long, you act like you don't expect this to happen.  Every year the BCS buster complains about such a low bid and how they aren't number one.  When have they ever been?  What do you expect!?

Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2009 2:59 am

Championship game between MWC and PAC-10

Invite Boise State as the 10th team in the Mountain West Conference.

The Mountain West Conference champion and the PAC-10 Champion should have a championship at the end of the season alike the SEC and BIG 12.

That would had made a match up between USC and Utah. Winner of that game would had made it into the national championship game!

What does it take to have a championship game between the MWC-10 and PAC 10?

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2009 2:21 am

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

Bottom line they played a great game.... BUT they bearly beat an awful New Mexico team (4-8) 13-10 and had to score a last second touchdown to beat TCU. No way there number 1 in college football!!! 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2009 2:00 am

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

For all of you saying that Utah loses to Florida, USC, or Oklahoma, how do you know?  Before the game against Alabama 90% of America thought that Alabama would win (According to an ESPN online poll).
Excellent point here.  That is the whole point.  If we ever want a REAL National Championship you have to play the games.  But greed (if it walks like a duck) by the BCS conferences will continue to block any chance of that.

To those of you who think that Boise State and Utah should join the PAC-10, you are right.  But the PAC-10 won't have it cause it cuts into their piece of the pie.  (Greed again). 

Finally, if it was USC in the Championship game everyone would be screaming that it's not fair because they don't have a conference championship.  Boo-Hoo.  The Big-10 and the Pac-10 will not do that because it decreases the chance that their best team will lose.  Thus raising the chance of sending 2 teams into the big 5 BCS bowls.  Thus giving them more money to split up between the fewer teams they have.  What excuse would NorteDame have not being in a conference? (GREED GREED GREED, still is one of the deadly sins.) 

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2009 1:37 am

BCS Championship Notebook: Utah No. 1?

Utah at least deserves a split championship no matter what.

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