Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thoughts from the Tussle In Tuscaloosa

Well, like Gene Wojchiechowski said it best, if that was the Game of the Century, then I want my 100 years back.

That 9-6 overtime win by LSU, while a classic, was not classically played. For most of the nearly four hours it took to play out, neither team looked like it wanted to win it. For example, both teams took stupid penalties. The block in the back on the punt that essentially took out Alabama's Merriwether kid stands out for LSU. And Alabama getting called for 12 in the huddle in the overtime, costing them five precious yards? Yeah, they'd been called for that earlier in the game, too. Simply put, championship teams simply play smarter in those spots.

Other random ramblings:

** I never thought that, as a UCF fan, I'd have pity on another team's field-goal kicking unit.

** With about 6 minutes left in the game, Nick Saban and Les Miles were clearly playing for overtime. Why? Because with those defenses, both knew it'd be the only way they'd get to the opponent's 25-yard line.

** I told ya so on Thursday -- A.J. McCarron would win the battle between him and Jarrett Lee, but if Miles worked Jordan Jefferson in, the Tigers would have a puncher's chance. (Now, if Jefferson's in there and I'm the Tide's DC, I'm flooding the box with nine guys. If Jefferson finds an arm in the next five minutes, you win and I yield.)

** No TD's? No problem. I took the under (42) and in my picks took Alabama by 3, effectively taking the 4.5-points Vegas gave LSU. Let me reiterate, I selected them, but I didn't bet them. The unemployed ought not bet with scared money. Or the Christmas fund.

** When the polls come out this morning, LSU will be the consensus No. 1. They better get all the first-place votes, too. Who else are you gonna put up top? Not Oklahoma State or Stanford, yet. And not Alabama. Boise State? Well that'd be ballsy. And dumb.

** This loss should eliminate Alabama from the BCS title game discussion. All this talk of "possible rematch" went out the window when (I thought) they made a rule that you can't play for the title if you didn't win your division, let alone conference. If Oklahoma State and Stanford both stumble, Boise State is the only logical choice. Failing that, a one-loss Oklahoma team that wins the Big 12 title is viable to me, too.

** Last word: thank God we got an extra hour's sleep last night. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a tournament tee time in 45 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. This was like a 1-0 pitcher's duel crossed with a Rocky/Apollo title fight. Never seen a game where you knew by halftime the only way a TD was getting scored was a Pick-6 or special teams play.


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