The final votes are in. Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan State will be playing for the National Championship, and they are four darn good football teams. There are some interesting matchups in the “close, but no banana group,” and the Ole Miss vs Oklahoma State game is a great example.
There are 40 NCAA sanctioned bowl games, but there are not 80 teams with the required six wins. The NCAA will violate the minimum win requirement, and allow teams with five wins to play. There is no greater example of money driving policy than the NCAA.
Now that the season is done, with the exception of the Army-Navy game, it is time to reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly.
Biggest Disappointments The collapse of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Auburn Tigers. Auburn was projected at #6 in the initial preseason AP poll, and Tech was #16. Auburn ended the season 6–6, and it appears that the one bright spot in the season, Will Muschamp and the defense, will be moving on to that grave yard of coaching, South Carolina.
Tech finished 3–9 in what can only be described as a total melt down. Every cloud has a silver lining. Tech is not bowl eligible, and can’t possibly be matched up with Mississippi State in a bowl game. My dogs cannot begin to figure out the Tech offense, and I hope we never play them again.
Biggest Surprise Ole Miss losing to University of Memphis. As everyone knows, I picked the Rebels to win the whole enchilada, and they managed to come up with three sub-par performances to end up on the high end of mediocre. I’ll admit that they got it all together against MSU, and kept the Golden Egg in Oxford.
Biggest Relief Mississippi State ending up 8–4 and not in the SEC cellar as predicted, thanks to Dak Prescott. I continue to say that Dan Mullen manages to recruit under the radar and coach up what he signs. Dan has moved MSU into the mid ranks of the SEC, and for this, we Bulldogs are forever grateful.
Biggest Dumb Assed Move The University of Georgia’s “mutual agreement” regarding Mark Ricth’s tenure as head coach. The agreement was so mutual that Richt accepted the head coaching job at Miami before the ink had dried. Mark Richt is a gentleman, and represented the University in a positive manner, while winning a ton of football games. I suspect he will be missed.
Last Prediction of 2015 When the dust clears, I believe Oklahoma will be the 2015 National Champion, and Alabama will be the runner up. This probably puts the kiss of death on any chance the Sooner’s ever had, and Frankie, I’m sorry to jinx your guys.
It’s been a fun season, and I’ve enjoyed nearly 100 hours of tube time. We’ll stick it out for the bowl games and the attendant fru-ha-ha, but it won’t be long before we start talking about next August, when it all starts again. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to checking out some new places to eat and new sights to see.