January 9, 2007

WE HAVE A WINNER, AND THIS TIME IT'S NOT ME:

Congratulations to J. Schweitzer, the winner of our Second Annual Brothers Judd Prognostication and Humiliation Bowl Game Contest. Please write to the email address in the comments below to claim your prize.

Also, Brothers Judd reader Mike has yet to claim his prize for his previous winning prediction regarding the Oklahoma-Nebraska game.

Thank you to all who participated. On to March Madness!


MORE:

Florida employs the perfect form against Ohio State (Ivan Maisel, 1/9/07, ESPN)

It would be an insult to Florida to say the Gators pulled a Villanova on Monday night.

Florida was no Villanova '85, no Cinderella, no No. 8 seed riding some miracle run. It was a deserving participant in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game, and Ohio State had the physical and emotional bruises to prove it Tuesday morning.

But make no mistake: The Gators' 41-14 demolishing of the Buckeyes was the best performance by an underdog college team in a national championship contest since Villanova threatened perfection by shooting 80 percent from the field against Georgetown on April 1, 1985. [...]

Chris Leak humiliated Mr. Heisman. To say he won the personal matchup with Troy Smith is like saying Sitting Bull got the best of Custer. It was a massacre and a stunning reversal of fortune for a guy who was widely doubted as a big-game quarterback while Smith was universally saluted.

A Florida defense that has been excellent all year was impenetrable Monday night. The Buckeyes were held to a preposterous 82 yards of offense, which looks like a misprint unless you saw the game.

Michigan ends season with losses _ again (1/2/07, AP)

Michigan came back from its worst season in two decades to restore pride in its football program by winning 11 games and competing for a shot at the national championship.

The Wolverines, however, were left wondering what went wrong -- again -- at the end of the season.

Southern California beat Michigan 32-18 in the Rose Bowl on Monday, leaving the Wolverines winless in four straight bowls and having ended a season with two straight losses for the third year in a row.


It's interesting to think that if the usual pro-Big Ten media folks had gotten their way, we'd have gotten a national championship rematch between two teams who instead got pulverized in their bowl games.

Posted by Matt Murphy at January 9, 2007 6:46 PM
Comments

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Posted by: Matt Murphy at January 9, 2007 8:06 PM

Michigan should have played Ohio State, they were ranked #1 and#2 when they played. Mich played them close at an away game, there ranking should not have changed. But they saw more money in a Ohio usc game, then USC loses, it was obvious Michigan should have played Ohio State but no we need a new team hmmm Florida. I could care less they were wrong in their rankings. But using their rankings, the wrong teams played.
It is pretty obvious now that the big 10 was overated.But that is hindsight. What is not hindsigth is Ohio should have played Michigan. For the record I could care less who won.

Posted by: mal at January 9, 2007 8:08 PM

Michigan and OSU were exposed. #1 and #2 most popular, but not #1 and #2 best teams.

On the field after the game Monday night, Florida junior defensive end Jarvis Moss suggested an explanation.

"We played a lot better teams than Ohio State this year," Moss said, a piece of blue confetti sweat-stuck to his neck. "I can name four or five teams in the SEC that would compete real well against them."

Posted by: Jack Sheet at January 9, 2007 10:50 PM

And yet, Penn State beat Tennessee pretty well, 20-10. And Wisconsin beat Arkansas. LSU won their bowl. Did Georgia? I think Auburn lost, too.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 9, 2007 11:56 PM

10-10 tie, boring game in a drizzle until TN coughed up a fumble for a TD. Not pretty, but not beat pretty well either. Good for JoePa, bowl win 22.

GA won, great comeback against VT

Auburn won barely against hapless Huskers

SEC 6-3 + Fiesta whompin'

Big Ten 2-5 + lost big in Rose Bowl, too

At least the 2 wins were against TN and AR

Posted by: Jack Sheet at January 10, 2007 1:32 AM
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