Maisel wins with this:
Maisel: 2007. Good choice, but 2007, with all the chaos, was soooooo much better. The season began with Nick Saban arriving at Alabama and ended with LSU becoming the first two-loss team to win it all. In the 369 days between those two events, the sport went entertainingly haywire: Appalachian State beat Michigan, and Stanford, a 41-point underdog, beat USC. Thirteen top-five teams lost to an unranked opponent. Kansas went to the Orange Bowl, Illinois to the Rose and Hawaii to the Sugar. An FCS assistant coach named Chip Kelly took over the Oregon offense and introduced the up-tempo spread. Les Miles didn’t go to Michigan. And Mike Gundy turned 40.
How great was that season? I’m a Georgia fan who watched his team fall short of the SECCG due to a regular season hiccup against South Carolina and I still wouldn’t trade the awesomeness of 2007 for anything.
As much as Maisel packs into that paragraph, he doesn’t capture every crazy moment. He doesn’t reference West Virginia’s shocking loss to Pitt that cost them a shot at a natty. And he doesn’t mention Darren McFadden, who had an insane 2007 season that should have netted him a Heisman.
These stats are something.
Oh, I left out these stats.
A 268.5 passer rating. Jeebus.
He played in my favorite game of the season, which is saying a lot, considering what happened in Michigan’s opener.
How great was 2007? It’s the only season in the last 25 years of my life that justified an eight-team playoff in my mind, and not just because there were that many teams deserving of a shot. It would have meant the season would have been extended two more weeks. Some seasons, there’s no such thing as too much fun.