BCS Is Not The only One Getting Things Wrong.

Ryan JelleyAnalyst IDecember 23, 2008

Sooners Offense Is Great, Not Greatest Ever

I know everyone makes mistakes. But to make the same one every time SportsCenter or College Football Live airs, or anytime there is a mention of the vaunted 2008 Oklahoma  offense, it eventually becomes annoying.

First off, let me congratulate quarterback Sam Bradford and that incredible Sooners' offense you ran. It was the most impressive unit I have ever seen, and probably ever will. Your offense was the highest scoring of the last century and was extremely exciting to watch. As a college football fan, I watched every game that was aired in my part of the country and I do believe you are the most deserving team to be in the national championship.

Now you are probably wondering what mistake these networks have been continually making. The mistake they've been making is a big one, in fact it might have been the reason that Sam Bradford won the Heisman. The voters were under the perception that this Oklahoma team was the highest scoring team of all-time. This is in fact not true.

What, the almighty sports god ESPN actually got a statistic wrong? How could this be? Actually it was a pretty easy mistake, so easy that I will actually forgive them for it. Here's how they got it wrong.

The 2008 Oklahoma team scored 94 touchdowns, made 92 PATs, and kicked eight field goals for a grand total of 680 points. I applaud them for their success, but there is a team that has scored more, a lot more.

The Sooners are indeed the highest scoring team in the last century, so you would need to go back past 1908 to find the team that scored more. Are you ready to hear who that team was? If you know me, well, it's not too hard to guess.

The 1901 Michigan team was a good team, a great team, in fact. Yes, these were the early years of college football, but the Wolverines dominated their opponents like the USC teams of recent vintage would dominate a high school football team. That year, Michigan outscored its opponents 550-0. I know what your thinking: I said Michigan scored more. Well, technically, they did.

In the early 1900's, scoring was done a little differently then how it is today. Back then, field goals were worth five points and touchdowns four. If the Wolverines had played today, they would've scored 740 points. Yes, the 1901 Wolverines, taking today's scoring system into account, scored 100 points more than that almighty Sooners offense.

Most of you are now probably thinking yeah Michigan scored 100 more points more than 100 years ago: so what? Oklahoma could have passed that had the Sooners kept their starters in for every quarter in every game. And yes, they probably could have, but so too could Michigan. Back then, a different strategy was used then putting in reserves, since there were none. Head coach Fielding H. Yost, starting in the second half, would have his Wolverines punt the ball on every first down. So Instead of 550, Michigan could have easily scored 750 or even 900.

Now, I'm not asking for ESPN to apologize to the University of Michigan for misinforming the public and taking away from that 1901 Wolverines offense that none could rival, but when I sit down to watch the National Championship a few weeks from now, I beg FOX, please, get your facts straight.