Florida Is The First Piece In Championship Puzzle

Las Vegas made them big favorites. The press made them big favorites. And in the end, Florida deserved to be favorites over Alabama. After an impressive 31-20 victory over the Crimson Tide keyed by two fourth quarter drives, the Gators are almost certainly headed to their second national championship game in three years. Go ahead. Start bracing for all the “look back” video cut-aways and “is two-in-three years a dynasty?” story lines.

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(Sigh. Everything’s coming up Tim Tebow again.)

Tim Tebow may not have put up the prettiest game, and coach Urban Meyer may have cost his team a gimmee touchdown within the final four minutes with an atrociously stupid penalty, but Tebow responded with a pinpoint pass for a game-clinching touchdown anyway. Sorry Nick Saban, guess it wasn’t your year (again) after all. Now Saban’s left to tell John-Parker Wilson to go watch some Two-A-Days. Maybe he’ll pull something from it.

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Alabama Escapes With Win, Penn State Does Not

Anarchy has returned to the BCS as undefeated Penn State, ranked 3rd in the nation, just lost at Iowa. A 31-yard field goal by Daniel Murray, Iowa’s backup field goal kicker gave Iowa the lead, 24-23, with one second to go. Penn State would not convert on a squib kick, and now the Nittany Lions are completely out of the title picture.

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Iowa was led largely by All-American candidate RB Shonn Greene, who kept his streak of +100 yard games alive with a 117-yard, 2 TD performance on 28 carries. The Hawkeye defense also kept Iowa in the game, holding QB Daryll Clark to 9-23 passing for 86 yards. Still, riding a remarkable performance from WR/RB/QB/KR/PR Derrick Williams, Penn State dominated the second and third quarters, and their 23-14 lead looked safe when the final quarter started. Read more…