Rose Bowl Recap

Business yesterday kept me from commenting on the BCS National Championship game between Texas and USC, but a couple of observations come to mind. USC was highly overrated (still not as much as Notre Dame, but a lot). "Great" teams, especially the "greatest" ever, do not give up 42 points to Fresno State. Yes, they had a high powered offense, but their failure to convert on fourth and short twice during the game, along with their pathetic defense did them in against Texas. It was a highly entertaining game, especially the second half.

Once again a team has failed in an attempt to win three national championships in a row. It's never been done...although (fan bias alert) the 1966 Alabama team was seriously ripped off in the polls. As the two-time defending national champion, and the only major undefeated college team in the land, they finished third (!) behind Notre Dame and Michigan State, who had played to a 10-10 tie in which neither team made a serious effort to win in the fourth quarter. It was widely regarded as punishment for Alabama's slowness to integrate their team (which would come five years later) rather than a serious evaluation of who was the best team in the country.


At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rush Limbaugh predicted a Texas win based on the media hype for USC. Late in the game, I thought he would be proven wrong. When Texas won the game, I realized it was yet another proof that if you disagree with the mainstream media, you have a great chance to be right!


At 9:50 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Yes, good point that the USC defense was hardly a brick wall throughout the season. The flaws in the Rose Bowl were evident earlier in the season.


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