Thursday, January 8, 2009

National Championship Prediction

Here in Qatar, I'll have to get up at 4am to watch the game. I'm going to try my best to do so. (For all those awaiting updates on Qatar, we'll post next week when we return.) But I want to go on record with my prediction.

I am by upbringing a Sooner fan. I have a ton of appreciation and respect for Tim Tebow. I think Stoops is a brilliant and gutsy coach (wish he were at TAMU!). So, its hard to be objective, but this is my prediction for the game tonight--or should I say--this morning!

Florida -31

I think this is going to be a hard fought game. OU has scored 60+ in its last 5 games. Their only loss to t.u. was a fluke (though I give McCoy all the credit in engineering their comeback). I think Ole Miss' victory over the Gators was a fluke as well (not to take away anything from the Rebels outstanding year & Nutt's great job there). But I think OU & Florida can beat anyone the way they are playing now--with possibly the exception of each other. That's why this game will be a great one.

Both teams will strike hard at first, and there will be some quick points on the board. Then the opening jitters will go away and we'll settle in for some tug-of-war with both offenses being frustrated. Both will have 21 points by half time. More back-and-forth scoring will occur mainly in the forth quarter, and OU will eventually prevail. But with 3 minutes left in the game, we won't know who the winner is.

So, 35-31 OU. What is your prediction?

Check out this article on ESPN for the top 10 reasons OU will win and the top 10 reasons Florida will win.


Joshua Butcher said...

Florida beats Oklahoma for two reasons:

1) Better athletes who will turn opportunities into key stops, points, and/or turnovers at key points.

2) A better coaching staff. Florida's defensive coach (like Stoops once was) should be a head coach, and Urban Meyer has proven himself in the clutch.

Score: Florida 42, Oklahoma 31.

Hannah D A said...

Boo Josh Boo! I'm with you John and we're all routing for OU. Boomer! Sooner!

Joshua Butcher said...

Better defense than I expected, but my reasons proved true nonetheless. Great game, and GO GATORS!!!!