USC-Alabama: The 2008-09 B/R College Football Playoff Quarterfinals

David ArreolaSenior Analyst IFebruary 3, 2009

Welcome, friends, to the third edition of the 2008-2009 B/R College Football Playoff—the only fantasy college football playoff that is decided by the people.

Last week was the battle of non-BCS conference teams, as the No. 2 seed Utah Utes did battle with the No. 7 seed TCU Horned Frogs.

Utah jumped out to an early lead on the polls before TCU came back to take the lead for good.

The people have spoken and TCU advances, receiving 60.7 percent of the votes.

That means Florida and TCU have advanced to the semifinal, with Texas and Oklahoma waiting in the fourth and final quarterfinal match up.

On to this week's match up:

(3) USC Trojans vs. (6) Alabama Crimson Tide

Why the Trojans will win...

USC is a team that is largely held together by their defense. The defense makes plays, wins games, and doesn't let teams score on them often.

The USC offense is above average, but nothing too special. Mark Sanchez is an average quarterback who is a tad overrated because of the overall efficiency of the USC offense. USC's offense will have a tough day against a strong Alabama defense that has only just recently begun to give up a lot of points.

USC's defense will bring the same problems that plagued 'Bama quarterback John Parker Wilson against Florida and Utah. The defense is likely to sack Wilson plenty of times. However, Andre Smith will be back to help shore up the left side.

Why the Crimson Tide will win...

If Alabama's offense can stay on the field for a long time, they will have a chance to tire out the USC defense. John Parker Wilson cannot play the way he has been playing, and I would expect Nick Saban to rely heavily on Glen Coffee to move the chains.

The Alabama defense has not been stellar as of late; that obviously needs to change if they have any interest in winning this game.

The Pick

This game will surprise a lot of people. SEC fans will realize USC is not as overrated as they all think, and USC fans will learn the SEC is all it is cracked up to be.

I expect Alabama to get beat up early by this USC defense, and turn the ball over a couple times—I say a 21-7 halftime lead for USC.

That heralded SEC speed will kick in around the end of the game, as Alabama blows by a tired USC defense to force OT.

In the end, John Parker Wilson loses this game for the Crimson Tide as the short field in OT is an advantage to the better defense.

USC wins 38-35.


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