UCF

Every year we go through this same debate…does a mid-major team deserve to be in the playoffs.   With UCF defeating Auburn last year, this debate was intensified.   With UCF facing off against LSU in another New Year’s Six Game this year, we can expect this discussion to become even more intense over the next month.   Here’s my issue with this argument…Auburn last year and LSU this year were not and are not playoffs teams either.

My second argument is that UCF can go toe to toe with fellow AAC members like Memphis and Tulsa, but would finish in the bottom half of a Power Five Conference.  Jan. 1 bowl games should not be confused with playoff games.   I’m a firm believer that a college football team will play up to their competition and that in bowl games, the teams with the most to gain, play the hardest.

For evidence of this fact we should remember the 2013 Sugar Bowl game when Alabama laid an egg against OU.  Alabama had just been beaten by Auburn and in doing so lost out on a playoff berth.  The Crimson Tide barely showed up for the game while OU who had grown tired of SEC smack talk was on a mission from God.

This same thing happened in last year’s Sugar Bowl and will likely occur in this year’s Fiesta Bowl.  In both cases, UCF will be the beneficiary.  After a 29-0 smack down last month to Alabama that ended their playoffs hopes, LSU has not been the same.  UCF on the other hand will come into the game totally focused and on a mission to represent the little guys.

This time of the year, all we have left are bowl games, but we have to be realistic about their importance to players and teams.  These games basically exist for fan and donor enjoyment.  For the most part players could care less except in the case of a mid-major team like UCF.

Now for my guilt ridden admission; I will be rooting for LSU against UCF.  While I hate LSU as much as the next guy, I have really grown tired of hearing about the UCF winning streak.  Give me a break…these guys won twelve straight this year to add to their 25 game win streak by playing a mid-major schedule.  If you want to run with the big dogs get off the porch.  That’s right schedule Power Five Conference teams.

In the end, the real issue here is about the credibility of winning streaks.  OU has winning streaks of 47, 31, and 28 games, all of which span more wins that the current UCF streak of 25.  I take these OU win streaks personally and don’t want some Johnny come lately to threaten any of them.

Enough already about the UCF win streak…

 

 

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So you’re saying there’s a chance…

This is one of my favorite “Dumb and Dumber” lines when Jim Carrey thinks he has a 1 in a million chance to get the girl.  This was the case for Kyler Murray before last Saturday’s game.  With his performance in the OU/Texas game his Heisman Trophy stock has risen dramatically.  At the same time the horses are not in the barn just yet.  Here is why I say this.

While the ESPN sports writers have Kyler on top at this point, I can assume that all of those guys saw Saturday’s games.  Even then, the margin is only two first place votes versus two second place votes for a margin of 46 to 44.  That is cutting this deal pretty close given the fact that we can reasonably assume all ten of these guys know what they are talking about.

My concern is that a certain percentage of the 870 Heisman voters will have turned in their Heisman ballots prior to Championship Saturday.   Sounds horribly irresponsible for this to be the case, but I suspect that the Heisman committee is not watching this process as closely as we are.  For those voters who missed the OU/Texas and Alabama/Georgia games they missed the defining moment of this year’s Heisman race.

Tua looked like a guy being pressed by the competition.  Kyler looked like the guy who relishes playing against the big boys.  His touchdown passes to CeeDee Lamb and Grant Calcaterra were off the charts good.  Of course his passing was matched only by his ability to use his feet to avoid tacklers.  And of course as OU fans know, he has played this way all year.

I think Kyler has a great chance of making history on Saturday and OU football has a great chance of doing the same.  OU will be the first team in college football history to have back to back Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks.  I know that Army won the Heisman two years in a row back in the 40’s, but we are talking the quarterback position here.

At the same time, don’t be surprised for reasons stated above that Kyler does not win the honor.  As someone said, stupidity cannot be cured and voting before all the games are played would quality for that award.

Regardless of what happens on Saturday night the Kyler Murray story will still go down as one of the greatest of all time.  The guy delays his professional baseball career a year in order to play for the Sooners in football.  Can you imagine Trae Young doing this…not a chance.  Kyler is a different animal and Oklahoma fans should appreciate this fact.

Pray for Sooner Magic on Saturday night…but regardless of what happens, Kyler Murray is a special breed of kid who deserves our eternal gratitude.

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

How sweet it is…

Revenge is mine sayeth the Lord;  Breckyn Hagar the Longhorn who ran his mouth last week and fired up the OU defense must have missed this Sunday School lesson.  He was on the wrong team for this prophesy to come true.  I felt pretty good going into the game, but with Hagar disparaging the Lord’s team I realized I could go ahead and book my tickets for the playoffs.

Of course Lincoln had to make things interesting by deferring to the second half, a move that guaranteed that we would be playing catch up. That’s okay this made for one of the best endings of all time.  Not since the Roy Williams “Superman” hit on Chrissy Simms some twenty years ago have we had such an “in your face” ending to the Texas game.

That dramatic hit and ending made the wait since October and the anxiety of the game worth it.  Give Ruffin McNeil credit for saving that call until that precise moment and getting the most out of his players on Saturday.  I don’t want to think about what might have happened if Mike Stoops had still been in charge at the end of that game.

Okay, now we will have to play the “be careful what you ask for” game part II.  As I said before, I don’t want any part of Alabama or Georgia. Then again, as they say “if you don’t want to hunt with the big dogs, stay on the porch.”  This is the reason five star recruits come to Oklahoma.  We are not just playing for this year; we are playing for the future.   Given this offense, I think we can hang with Alabama for a while.

And another thing, Saban and Alabama will not be around forever…someone will eventually have to take their spot…why not OU.   After all, “there is only one Oklahoma”…

Boomer Sooner…