Surprises and shock are just a part of life. People are surprised when they get engaged, people are shocked when they find out they are pregnant, and people are shocked when a certain team wins a football game that they shouldn't have.
I have been asked recently to do a preview/prediction for the Alabama vs. Virginia Tech game. When I told this particular person that I wasn't going to do one he asked why and I game him the following response:
"I don't write previews or predictions for games because you never know what might happen in a college football game. You never know the circumstances and what could happen between now and then. You also don't know how the team will play, the weather conditions, or if God is a Hoakies or Crimson Tide fan. You just never know. And you can look at stats and such all day on a piece of paper and compare and contrast the two teams like you learned to do with books in high school and college, but stats are just that; numbers on paper."
At the time, granted, I just hadn't planned to write a prediction and came up with this amazing (or so I thought) reason why I wasn't going to.
This past football season was a season for surprises and so have past ones.
Alabama wasn't supposed to beat Miami for the 1992 National Championship. On paper, it just wasn't possible. Miami was a much better team, the offense simply could not pull it off, but in the end, the Tide won.
The University Of Louisiana Monroe was not supposed to be able to beat Alabama in 2007. On paper, it just was not even conceivable, but the growing number of Alabama fans crying after that game showed it had.
Ole Miss was not supposed to beat the Florida Gators in 2008. Florida had more talent, they had a better quarterback, a better coach, and every other thing that could have been a reason for them to win was said. But instead of saying a victory speech at the end of that game, Tim Tebow was instead making promises for a victorious season that he was promising Gator fans.
Alabama was not supposed to be a contender for the Clemson or Georgia game last year. But when they came out of both games with a significant win, it just showed that anything can happen in college football and the same could be said for the Utah vs. Alabama bowl game.
Surprising things happen every Saturday in college football. They have for as long as I can remember, they did before that, and they will continue to.
So, instead of a prediction based on stats that someone copy and pasted from ESPN to wikipedia on players and reporter's "in depth reports," and posting a prediction with the tagline "Provided the weather cooperates, there are no injuries, and both teams come to play and not a single player has increased or decreased in talent stat wise," I will just say that I hope both teams have a great season.
In my opinion, it should be a great game either way provided both teams come to play. I just hope I don't have to write a eulogy September 6th on behalf of the Tide.
The 2009-2010 season is only 50 days away, so get your shocked faces practiced in that mirror. You never know when you might need a good one.