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January 6, 2009

Possible Red Takeover?

Filed under: Football — rmangum @ 1:52 am
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Of the BCS that is.

In this ESPN interview Utah alum Jamal Anderson makes a convincing case that the Utes football team deserves a share of the national championship after their awesome Sugar Bowl victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide.

default31Three days after the game, I’m still on cloud nine. I have to admit that I’ve been a skeptic all season, and expected them to lose, albeit in a close game. I’m glad to have been proved so wrong.

Two things I kept hearing during the buildup to the game: 1) Despite the letdown of not beating Florida in the SEC title game, coach Nick Saban would not let Alabama come into the Sugar Bowl unprepared, and 2) while Utah had obvious speed on defense and a great spread offense, Alabama would win out simply by being more physical (surely the most overused word in football).

The results? 1) Alabama clearly was unprepared, as Utah did nothing they hadn’t done all year long, from the no-huddle, two-minute drill offense to the way its sudden defensive line shifts drew false starts just as they did against TCU, and 2) Utah beat Alabama by being more physical, hitting harder and fighting for yards. You don’t hold Alabama to only 31 yards rushing without being tough and physical.

Hey sports journalists, the Mountain West is here to stay! And you can doubt whether the Utes should be number one, but please stop making excuses for Alabama (and I’m looking at you, Barry Switzer). You wouldn’t have done it for us. They were soundly defeated in a fair fight, period.

Fox Sports has a particularly good and balanced article on the game.

But the win is bringing a lot of heat to the BCS, and a great deal of criticism about the fairness of the system, like this ESPN video blog rant against the BCS. And that’s a good thing, not just for the Utes, but all the blue-collar teams out there. The BCS may be busted for good.

I don’t get to say this very often, but it feels good to be from Utah!

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