1) Conference Competition.
Hmmm. Let's see, the PAC 10 won all 5 of it's bowl games making them the winner of the nefarious Bowl Cup (which sounds like an oxymoron of sorts, no? bowl. cup. whatever...) Would anyone have said, Oh the PAC-10 is the strongest conference and will surely win all their games??? I think not.
2) Big Ten whiffs. Again.
The Big Ten teams who actually did show up for their games included Iowa and Northwestern. I won't even get started on MooU and have nothing but empathy for Penn State, as they were up against Andre the Giant, poor things. As for us? Well I'm just glad we weren't there to contribute to the ridicule. Best for us to sit this one out--at least this year. On the positive side, it was highly encouraging to see that the best games, with the best offenses included what sure as heck looks like RichRod's spread offense in some way shape or form. And some talking head along the way pointed out that the spread is completely dependent on a skilled QB to run it. Absent one of those (testify!) the spread gets creamed...... Hope springs eternal in A2. Book it.
3) The BCS Championship Series.
4) The Mid-Majors.
Well that moniker just seems like a plain-old insult now doesn't it? We could talk all about the successes of Troy (who took Southern Miss to OT), Florida Atlantic over Central, Rice (soon to be new home of Sam McGuffie), or resurrected Houston--but the biggest story of them all is of course Utah. Not only was 'Bama outhustled but I submit to you that 'Bama was completely out-coached. And I mean from the git-go. From the defensive sets to the poorly cobbled-together offensive line. But the most egregious behavior came from Saban himself. How many times did the camera show him angry and frustrated with his players? Yelling at them or being overly-demonstrative with his frustrations? Dude. You are the Head Coach--don't act like a disgruntled fan on the side-lines. Show some leadership--make your kids believe that they can. Saban contributed to the tight pressured play of 'Bama all night long. This loss is all on him.
And I don't mean to take a thing away from Utah. We know from first-hand experience just what they are. I'm just saying that in response to Utah's quickness and well-coached schemes 'Bama had nothing--and that to me, is about coaching. Particularly when Alabama had been #1 in the polls for most of the season.
I could go on and on!
But, I'm really interested to hear what all of you have to say...so have at it!!!