Alabama (-17) over Oklahoma: I've gone back and forth on this game a few times. Not because I buy Rob's theory that Bama will mail this game in ala the 2008 Sugar Bowl. This is different. 2008 was the the second year of Nick Saban's tenure in Tuscaloosa. Five years later, the Alabama program is more experienced and far more talented top to bottom than it was in 2008. Furthermore, I don't see AJ McCarron or CJ Mosely laying down in their final games in Crimson. Still, 17 points is a pretty hefty price to pay for backing the Tide. On top of that, I don't buy Oklahoma. Neither of their QBs are very good and there is also plenty of history to suggest that the Sooners won't exactly come out guns blazing in a BCS Bowl. To be honest, the only player who's truly impactful on the Oklahoma offense is Jalen Saunders and he's a tiny slot guy. Bama wins by three TDS.
Clemson (+3) over Ohio State: I don't feel strongly about this. Neither team wows me offensively and they're both below average on defense. I'll go with Clemson for the following reasons:
1. Ohio State doesn't pass it well.
2. Ohio State might be hungover after being upset in the Big Ten Title Game.
3. Clemson has a good senior QB who is also the best QB the Buckeyes have played all season.
4. Clemson might be extra motivated for redemption after being eviscerated by West Virginia two years ago in the Orange Bowl.
That's it. That's all I've got.
Over the course of many a week, Danimal has scratched and clawed his way back into this. Just behind 1 game, or would it technically be 1.5 games since I have a tie? That’s for the judges to decide. I’ll just call it 1. Do you all feel the tension? This is what you’ve been waiting for isn’t it? Admit it. To me, this is better than the games themselves.
Can someone put my 1-year old to bed please???!!!!!
D: 27 – 21 – 1
M: 28 – 21
Alabama -17 vs Oklahoma
Seventeen points. It’s a tough one, by design. ‘Bama could, and probably will, come in there extremely pissed off. And Oklahoma will enter with wanting to prove something. Oklahoma had a nice 10-2 season with some impressive wins. Annnnd they lost to Baylor 41-12. I’ve sat over this for some time now. Rooting for Alabama this evening is not something I prefer to do, but will.
Ohio State -3 vs Clemson
This is another one. Day-umm. It seems every radio douche nozzle is saying Clemson. “OSU cannot stop Clemson’s passing game…” is the recurring line. I can’t stand Urban Meyer, but reserve the right to change that attitude should he ever become the coach at ND. Until then though, meh. OSU scores a lot too, 24 against Michigan State and about 5-6 touchdowns per for every other game. Urban’s coached a few big bowl games and this is where I think the difference will lay.