- The BCS title game. I share Michael Elkon’s ambiguous feelings, although I’m wondering how much of it is the result of a familiarity-breeds-contempt frame of mind on my part. I’ve seen ‘Bama struggle this season more than I’ve seen Texas struggle, in other words. I also slightly discount the championship game results that most people seem to be relying upon in predicting a relatively safe night for the Tide. Florida’s collective head wasn’t on straight for the SECCG and Texas took Nebraska a little too lightly. In the end, I think tonight’s game comes down to which defense is better able to impose its will on the opposing team’s quarterback.
- Georgia 1983 = Florida 2010? I started with a shallow observation about the obvious comparison between two programs that achieved a high degree of national prominence led by once-in-a-generation players who left, but I wonder how far that analogy can be carried. Georgia didn’t slide very much the year after Herschel left, but it turned out that the Walker era would be the high water mark of Dooley’s head coaching career. It’s not an exact comparison, in that I don’t expect Florida’s recruiting to decline as precipitously as Georgia’s did in Dooley’s last four seasons, but then again, you’ve got the departure of a well-respected defensive coordinator in both cases and Florida has to contend with the turmoil surrounding its head coach’s health and the nascent reemergence of its two in-state rivals, both of which are potentially bigger problems than the Dawgs faced in the mid-1980s. Who’s to say that history can’t repeat itself a bit?