Oklahoma The Best? I'll Believe It When I See It.
As we all know, Oklahoma has locked up its spot as the No. 1 team in the nation, and with it, a chance to grab a nation title. This team has beaten five teams ranked in the BCS Top 25 and eight bowl-eligible teams, with its only loss coming at the hands of a very strong Texas team.
These Sooners set a new NCAA scoring record and still have another game to add to that total. These Sooners have put up at least 60 points in five consecutive games and have been held to under 40 points only twice this season (Texas and TCU).
However, it is these same Sooners who I can't buy into until they show me what they have against Florida. The Gators, along with the other SEC teams, have been nothing short of impressive the last few years, and now will try for their second national championship in the last three years.
Oklahoma, on the other hand, has struggled in its recent BCS games and against the other five BCS conferences.
Since 2004, Oklahoma is just 6-4 against the other five power conferences, with two of those wins coming against Washington. Along with those four losses are defeats at the hands of two non-BCS conference opponents, TCU and Boise State.
In addition, the Sooners are 0-3 in their most recent BCS Bowl games and haven't won since 2002, when they beat Washington State. Couple these statistics with the fact a lot of people don't even believe they are the best team in the Big 12.
It's possible all of these things will spark a fire underneath this Oklahoma team and inspire the team to play its best football. Even if they play their best football, the Sooners still have a tough task ahead of them in the Florida Gators.
The Big 12 defenses have been called into question, and comments have been made about this being the source of inflated offensive stats. No one doubts the strength of the SEC has been rooted in defense for years. It will be interesting to see how the Sooners fair against Florida's fifth-best defense, which allows only 12.8 points per game.
The Sooners may boast a ridiculous offense and huge wins versus tough teams, but my national title pick is Florida until Oklahoma proves to me that they can hang with the best team from the other BCS conferences, especially the SEC.
The Sooners have a lot to prove when it comes to the BCS, and they will have a great opportunity to prove it Jan. 8. Until then, my answer is, I'll believe it when I see it.
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