For the past week, the Sooners and Gators have been hard practicing in preparation for tonight’s BCS game. This is the first matchup in history between these two teams and will prove to be memorable, no matter what the outcome. This is because there are several things riding on this game. Upon the win of this game, Oklahoma’s coach Bob Stoops or Florida’s Urban Meyers will become a part of a very exclusive club of coaches to will two national championships.
Also this game includes two Heisman holding quarterbacks who were recently in a race for the illustrious 2008 trophy, ending with Sam Bradford taking it home. Like the coaches, there are several things for these two players to prove with a win. If Florida wins, Tim Tebow, who won the Heisman last year, can join arguments for being one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, considering this would be his second National Championship to win, including the 2007 BCS game.
On the other hand, if Oklahoma pulls threw to win, the 2008 Heisman trophy winner, Sam Bradford, will help to redeem Oklahoma for it’s recent losses to LSU in the 2004 Sugar Bowl, two consecutive fiesta bowl losses and the tremendous loss against USC in the 2005 Orange Bowl. So needless to say, not only do these star players have a lot riding on this game for their legacies, but also for their fans, teams and coaches.
I have researched the predictions for this match up that will air on Fox, January 8th, 2009 at 8pm EST and there have been several predictions as to what the final outcome of this game will be: Florida 31-23, Florida 38-21, Florida 41-31. Notice all the Floridas?!?! In my search, I failed to find anyone who expects Oklahoma to pull out a win. And I could be wrong…Maybe I didn’t search enough or perhaps it’s just the Longhorn in me that wants Oklahoma to lose, but if they pull thru with a victory in this matchup, there will be a lot of surprised sports journalists, commentators and fans that will be, the say the least, surprised. But Good Luck to both teams, because either way the game finishes, it will not only be exciting, but historic!