Oklahoma-Florida: Mitch Picks the BCS Championship Game 1/8/09

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Oklahoma-Florida: Mitch Picks the BCS Championship Game 1/8/09

The BCS Championship Game  Dolphin Stadium  Miami

Florida (12-1) vs. Oklahoma (12-1)

Thursday ,Jan. 8, 2009   8 EST   The Line: Oklahoma +5

Overview:

There isn't a lot I can write about this match up that you probably haven't read somewhere else.

We have two head coaches who each have a National title already under their belt. We have two Heisman winning QB's. We have the Big 12 against the SEC. We have two traditional powerhouses loaded with athletes.

We don't have two teams who each ran the table, and we don't have two teams who emerged from a playoff; we do have problems that aren't going away by the time the final gun sounds in this one.

The Florida Gators won the National Title two years ago, and this team is arguably better on both sides of the ball. The heart and soul is QB Tim Tebow, who is simply the poster child for college football.

Florida has a host of weapons and athletes on both sides of the ball but have double digit numbers who spent the majority of the break and practice time for the bowl in the whirlpool, as opposed to going through reps at game speed. We won't know until the actual game starts to see what if any effect this has on both sides of the ball.

The Oklahoma Sooners do not have a pleasant bowl history of late. The Sooners have had countless chances to prove themselves, and every year after New Year's the Oklahoma team responds by falling flat on their faces.

The Sooners are led by Heisman Trophy-winning QB Sam Bradford, and the offense has been high octane and high scoring. Oklahoma's biggest problems have happened on the defensive side of the ball where they have had injuries at linebacker most of the year. The linebackers will have to play big if the Sooners are going to win this game.

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