Florida and Oklahoma Streaking Into Title Game: Who Survives?
Florida and Oklahoma meet in Miami on Jan. 8, 2009 to play for the BCS Title. It is appropriate (but not expected—see LSU last year, for example) that the Sooners and Gators enter the game as two of the hottest teams in the nation.
Since its October loss to Texas, Oklahoma has outscored its seven opponents 419-204 (winning by an average of 30.7 points).
Florida has been even more impressive. Since Florida's September loss to Ole Miss, the Gators have outscored their nine opponents 445-117 (winning by an average margin of 36.4 points)
Both of these teams have embarrassed top-ranked competition since their first loss. During its streak, Oklahoma played (game-time ranked) No. 16 Kansas, No. 2 Texas Tech, No. 12 Oklahoma State, and No. 20 Missouri. In its last nine games, Florida beat (game-time ranked) No. 4 LSU, No. 6 Georgia, No. 25 South Carolina, No. 20 Florida State, and No. 1 Alabama.
Which streak comes to an end on Jan. 8, and which one survives? I think Florida survives for one reason: Defense.
In its last nine games, Florida has allowed 21 points once. Oklahoma has allowed at least 21 points in each of its last seven games.
Florida 52, Oklahoma 31
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