Thursday, January 08, 2009
It's been a long bowl season. The Big XII South maybe isn't as good as we all thought with Texas Tech falling to Ole Miss and Oklahoma State losing to Oregon. Utah's the sole undefeated team in the country yet didn't get a title shot. USC has one of the best defenses in college football history yet didn't get a title shot. And now we have the two 1 loss teams fortunate enough to get their title shot.
Oklahoma vs. Florida, Heisman vs. Heisman, Big XII vs. SEC.
The unsung hero of the Oklahoma offense was sophomore RB DeMarco Murray. He rushed for 1,002 yards on 179 carries with 14 TDs. That's 5.6 yards per carry. He led the offensive assault on Texas Tech with 110 yards and 2 TDs... in the first half. But he's not playing Thursday night.
OU has depth in the backfield. Chris Brown ran for 1,110 yards and 20 TDs this season. But the Sooners are missing a very important part of their offense.
Florida is a better balanced team, but their offense isn't nearly as explosive. This means the game will come down to OU's defense against Florida's offense.
I think this will be a high scoring affair that's decided in the last 5 minutes. Oklahoma 56, Florida 52.