This season's BCS title game on January 8th in Miami, Florida features two of the best programs in the college football - Florida and Oklahoma.
Between them, they have won 9 National Championships. Coaches for
both teams are considered the best in college football. Bob Stoops
coached OU to a 12-0 record in 2000 which culminated with a 13-2 win
over Florida State in the Orange Bowl. It was only Stoop' second
year with Sooners and he had already guided them to a National
Championship. Urban Meyer spurned Notre Dame to become head coach at
Florida in 2005. Just like Stoops, his second year ended with the
Gators securing the National Championship. An added amount of intrigue
about this BCS title game is the fact that Stoops was the defensive
coordinator for Florida before leaving for Oklahoma.
got into the title game by beating Missouri 62-21 in the Big 12
conference title game. No one debated who was the better team in that
game, but some people wondered whether Texas should have been playing
instead of OU because of a late season jump in the BCS rankings.
Nevertheless, no one questions Oklahoma's talent. The Sooners set
a modern-day NCAA record, scoring 702 points this season. Quarterback
Sam Bradford led this prolific offense throwing for 48 touchdowns, the
most in college football this season. And for that, he won the Heisman
Trophy(college football's award for the best player). The Sooners won
11 games and lost one. That one loss is the reason for the controversy
as it was to Texas, the team they jumped in the rankings.
Florida got into this game by beating Alabama 31-20 in the SEC
Championship game behind their Quarterback Tim Tebow's heroics. Tebow,
who won last year's Heisman award, threw for three touchdowns in the
game against previously unbeaten Alabama. Although Oklahoma owns
the most prolific scoring offense in the country, Florida isn't far
behind in the rankings at 3rd. Along with their high-ranked offense,
they own the 5th-ranked defense in the country. The challenge for
Florida will be for their strong defense to limit the explosive
The BCS National Championship is the defacto
championship game for the college football championship in the US. And
although the winner of this game is considered by most to be the best
that year, the title is not sanctioned by college sports governing
body, the NCAA. But the BCS is not without controversy. Every
year since its inception, it has attempted to identify the best college
teams and proclaim a winner. However, the process of choosing the teams
to play in the title game has its detractors. At the end of the regular
season, the top two teams in the BCS rankings are pitted against each
other. But the criteria used to rank the teams is heavily criticized.
As a result, even when the #1 and #2 teams meet, some people will
question whether or not they were the right teams. More and more
people(including US President-elect Obama) have called for scrapping
the BCS system and installing a playoff system.