Assorted thoughts from Championship Saturday…

1. Is ACC commish John Swofford a drinking man? After watching the ACCCG and the SECCG, I’d have been reaching for the Wild Turkey. The two games couldn’t have been more different in terms of atmosphere, attendance, play making – all in favor of the SEC. If you’re a recruit looking at, say, Georgia and Clemson, what are you thinking after last night?

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(photos courtesy of the AJC’s David Tulis and Ben Gray)

Mr. Swofford, your best team (which was basically an afterthought when you pushed through the expansion of the conference, by the way) is headed to the Chik-Fil-A- Bowl to play the SEC’s fifth best team – and it looks like a pretty good matchup. The Gator Bowl folks are almost in a state of open revolt about welcoming Georgia Tech back after that stirring loss. Your BCS representative won its first conference championship in 36 years, so you better get ready to hear Cinderella’s name a lot in the next month. And your two crown jewels barely squeaked into mediocre bowl games this year.

Plus, for yuks, you got to listen to your network announcers refer to your championship game as the “Brain Bowl”. More than once. I was hoping to hear someone to say “Nerd Bowl”, but I guess you can’t have everything.

But look on the bright side: that Tyler Hansbrough is one helluva player. March Madness can’t come soon enough.

2. I really can’t believe that USC lost to UCLA. Especially to a UCLA starting a QB on three days’ notice. Rose Bowl officials have to be the happiest people on the planet this morning, looking at a Michigan/USC matchup. The Orange, Sugar and Fiesta folks probably aren’t as thrilled right now.

3. If you caught today’s AJC article entitled Who is No. 2?, you can see how lame the argument really is for letting the BCS go ahead with a Michigan-OSU rematch. All it boils down to is that Michigan’s loss is more impressive than Florida’s, and that Michigan should have a chance to win one for Bo. I posted yesterday that all other things being equal, a conference champion should go ahead of a team that didn’t win its conference, but in reality, things just aren’t equal here. Florida won more games in a tougher conference with a better schedule than Michigan. The Gators deserve to go, although the thought of back to back national championships in men’s basketball and football for Florida does kinda turn my stomach.

4. Wake Forest versus Louisville is gonna be ugly. Somehow, I don’t think three field goals will be enough to win.

5. Reggie Ball continues to display the skill (as the AJC put it, Ball followed up his worst performance ever with his second worst performance ever) and grace (again from the AJC: “I just said ‘No’ twice,” Ball said when a reporter tried to ask Ball about the second-to-last game of a career”) that mark him as one of the most beloved players to don the gold, blue and white. And make no mistake about that – there are some pretty interesting shots being taken by some of the Tech defensive players against the offense in the AJC today.

6. And does anybody really believe Urban Meyer’s comment at the end of halftime that he didn’t know USC lost?

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3 responses to “Assorted thoughts from Championship Saturday…

  1. Ladydawg

    I’m glad Wake Forest won – only because Coach Lambert ended up there but as for the ACC game, they have been e-mailing around “The World’s Smallest Outdoor Cocktail Party” for that game. Kinda funny.

    What I really can’t believe is how lucky FU was. Burn the last time out in the 3rd quarter of a game to decide not to go for it on 4th and short, after you pulled a fake punt on 4th and forever and then the kid from Arkansas muffs the catch and they get an easy TD? I swear someone at FU has made a deal with the devil.

  2. LD, I give UF credit for one big thing in the SECCG: they actually outrushed the Hogs. Yeah, the fumbled punt return was a fluke, but there really wasn’t much of a question that the better team won. What was really strange was the number of trick plays that were run – probably more than in the last five SECCGs combined.

    As for the ACCCG, that was the ninth time a team was able to hold Wake under 300 yards total offense. Georgia Tech was the seventh of those teams to lose.

    WF has been outgained in yardage in eight games this year. They’ve won six of those games. That is one shaky championship team.

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