I said that I would do this before the final game. And I'm being a sportsman of my word. After last night, everyone knows who should be fighting about the National Championship. After last night, I am once again the happiest Gator in the Rockies!
But now, I can officially unveil who I think the top five teams in college football are. And unlike ESPN, I'm not being a homer for a certain conference. You hear that, Skip Bayless! I'm not you!
Here's the Top Five Teams of the 2008-09 season.
The Sooners get this spot by default. They shouldn't have been there in the first place, but they made it a game. Despite not having DeMarco Murray, and keeping Dom Franks quiet after his comments, the Sooners had a shootout with the Gators for 60 minutes.
But in the end, the Gators had more left in the tank, and they made Sam Bradford pay for his mistakes. The defense of Oklahoma was unable to capitalize on either of the interceptions they got off of Tim Tebow, and that cost them a lot more than the game...
It cost them the National Championship...again.
I don't care what they did in the Rose Bowl. They were expected to win that game. That loss to Oregon State proves that without a doubt. The Trojans can gripe about not being #1, but they had their chance to prove that all season.
They were involved in a war for the Pac-10 Championship with both Oregon State and Oregon. They showed that same dominance against a very tough Penn State football team in the annual Rose Bowl Game. But when Utah decimated the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl, their chances of winning the vote of the country dropped significantly.
But they finished the season with another championship and another Rose Bowl victory. Yawn. Sanchez gets a little dirty, but the Trojans decided to clean up their act at the right time.
The Longhorns had the biggest gripe of not playing the National Championship Game. But they made up for it when they pulled one hell of a fourth quarter comeback in the Fiesta Bowl in their win over Ohio State. But anyone who saw the aftermath of the game knew that Mack Brown was not happy with winning the third grade trophy.
But after last night, he's smiling a lot more.
After watching Oklahoma fall for the second time this season, Texas was able to end the season knowing that they were the only team out of the Big Three of the Big XII South to win their bowl game. In the end, they earned the right to finish third.
And the reason they finished third is because someone else was better than them this season...
Utah defeated both TCU and Oregon State this season. They hold wins over both the Pac-10 and the SEC this season. But arguably, their biggest win was their Sugar Shocker over previous #1 Alabama.
The Utes were the only team to finish undefeated this season, and yet, the AP and Coaches poll didn't vote them to the top spot. In fact, the coaches poll has Utah at #3, not at #2. What did Utah do so wrong? According to the so-called experts, Utah picked the wrong year to finish undefeated.
Are you kidding me? Utah pulled a Boise State and finished undefeated, won their bowl game and made a legitimate argument for the National Championship. What more do you need to know? If this didn't prove that a playoff system is not only needed, but required, then listen to Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham's interview on ESPN.com for further proof of this.
In my eyes, they are the co-champions...but the top team in the country earned their spot outright after last night's championship game...
This is a moment that I have been waiting for. After a one year hiatus from the national championship, Florida returned and proved that not only are they deserving of the top spot and the National Championship, they also made history once again by snagging the SEC's second three-peat as National Champions.
Shockingly enough, the previous time was Alabama winning a pair and Georgia.
After the Ole Miss loss, Tim Tebow vowed that no player and no team will play harder than he and Florida will for the remainder of the season. On Thursday night, he proved that in royal fashion against the almighty Big XII Conference.
The Gators are National Champions for the second time in three seasons, Tim Tebow proved that he is Superman, and Urban Meyer joined an elite club by winning his second National Championship within four seasons. An after beating a team that is used to putting up 60+ points, they joined Ole Miss (the team that handed them their only loss this season) as victors over the Big XII Conference.
The SEC is the dominant force again. Tim Tebow is the King of Kings once more. Percy Harvin is the ultimate X Factor and Chain Gang Commander. And Urban Meyer is The Boss. Florida is The Game...and after last night, they proved that they are that damn good!