This is officially the first blog of the new year. For my adoring fans I apologize for the lateness of the post...been organizing a few things for this post and tomorrow's.
THE HOT LIST:
1. National Championship Thoughts
2. SEC vs. Big 12: What it means?
3. Around the Big 12 (Basketball Style)
1. Well last night officially ended the 2009 College Football season. We saw Nick Saban and Alabama hoist the National Championship trophy after defeating Texas 37-21. Credit Texas for making this a game when Colt McCoy was knocked out early in the game. Their defense fought hard in the second half but couldn't do one thing that Bama's defense did....force turnovers. That's simply the key to how they won. The created short field opportunities for their offense to work from and credit their running game. It gouged Texas for 205 yards and four touchdowns. Defense wins championships and Alabama's was simply the better defense on the field last night.
Problems came up for Texas last night, where clearly this team put waaaay to much faith in thinking that Colt McCoy would stay healthy all season. When he went down, Gilbert was overwhelmed with the speed of the Crimson Tide's defense. Yes, I understand he's a freshman, but think about this....John Child's was Texas' backup for the past two seasons before switching to wide receiver this year. You can't tell me that he would of been a better choice to back up McCoy this season. I'm sure when it's all said and done Gilbert maybe a decent QB at Texas, but clearly he was very very under-developed for taking second string snaps all season. The problems for Texas was that their ooo so great offense was average at best all season and revolved around one guy Colt. That spells a dangerous combination if he ever got injured. Plus if he was so strong and durable, he should have been able to take that hit and bounce back from it...which he didn't do. It appears he is not as durable as Texas thought. Karma is a bitch, Texas had no business being in the title game and Alabama showed them why....I'll sleep better now knowing Texas fans and Colt McCoy are crying about what happened last night....
2. A now more pressing issue is starting to arise for the Big 12 now. This makes the sixth BCS title for the SEC conference and against the Big 12 the SEC is now 3-0. This past summer the Big 12 elected to continue its current tie breaker system that would snub the most deserving team for the title game for the conference's best team. That being Oklahoma last years best team, and Texas as the most deserving team. The problem of losing another BCS title game for the conference is that the supposedly two powerhouse teams in the Big 12 are now a combined 2-4 with Texas winning 2005 and Oklahoma winning in 2000. With the Big 12 losing another BCS title game the conference might consider accelerating it's plan to expand the conference and steal a quality SEC team to boost the strength of the league and bring home a BCS title to the conference. I think in order for the Big 12 to get out of the shadow of the SEC a team like Nebraska will have to win the title showing that the conference is about Oklahoma & Texas and the 10 other teams. Either way I feel that the Big 12 can ill afford to keep getting teams into the BCS title game and keep losing them before they consider formulating a new conference that both boosts the overall strength of the league and brings home BCS titles to glorify the conference.
Keep your eyes open for what happens next.
3. Well I begin another lovely year of College Basketball my focus turns to that now and we'll go around the Big 12 twice a week with games on Wednesday and Saturday. Here's this weekends opening slate of games.
Oklahoma @ Baylor
#2 Texas @ Colorado
Kansas State @ Missouri
Nebraska @ Texas A&M
Texas Tech @ Oklahoma State
#1 Kansas @ #15 Tennessee (Sunday)
North Dakota State @ Iowa State
Well its an interesting weekend to start out the big 12 conference season. Kansas State / Missouri seems like the biggest game this weekend and Oklahoma and Baylor also appears to be another interesting game this weekend as well. Since those teams will face each other twice in this season. And I do recall the last time Texas went out to Colorado they lost.
Nebraska kicks off its conference season at Texas A&M. They clearly have become a better shooting team this season and have shown they at times they have the talent to hang with quality teams. #1 Kansas visits Lincoln next Wednesday...that should say quite a bit. Nebraska has many questions to answer this weekend in College Station, about whether Nebraska will have the defense and the athleticism to compete weekly in the Big 12. More to come after I get a look at Nebraska this weekend.
The Picks: Baylor, Texas, K-State, A&M, Tech, Kansas, Iowa State
Back tomorrow with a special College Basketball edition...what we learned...Till then.