Sometimes, you just get beat, re: last weekend in Tuscaloosa.
I have my standards, admittedly they're low, but I have standards!
Defense Wins Championships!
If Kelly had a kicker the last two years then he would be in the ship. Oregon is still under the shadow of USC in that conference, and its amazing how he can coach USC leftovers to be championship caliber players, but as OSU, Aub,LSU,USC,and Stanford proved... hit em in the mouth with big defensive players and they get punch drunk and lose. Stoops was the same coach tressel was at OSU, live off a BCSNC and take advantage of a bad conference and lose to whoever you play in the bowl. Kelly>>>>>>>Stoops
“There's not too much to say. Alabama thoroughly beat us. They are a better team. They were coached better, they played better, and they looked like they will have a big season. They have a heck of a team.”
Maybe he will learn to play for some field goals when he is up by 50 instead of padding his players' stats for the Heisman. Their FG kicker has bit them in the butt 2 years in a row now. Don't blame the guy for missing if he only gets a couple of opportunities a year. Heck he doesnt even get to kick PAT's that much since they go for 2 all the time.
I was NOT impressed with Oregon last night. They've got some really fast guys but all Stanford did was send a couple of guys out wide to force them back to the middle on each play and they folded. Also, when the game was on the line at the end they played their worst. Them winning the national championship would have been a travesty.
Don't forget folks, Stanford is one of the few teams west of the Mississippi River that actually believes in and plays defense.
"Football is a hard game. These spread coaches forget that. Until good defenses remind them." Gene Stallings
"Choking" to me is failure when the pressure suddenly amps up. Kansas St choked yesterday, for sure, because they found out that being #1 is so tough they could only handle it for 6 days. I think Oregon choked a bit as well, all they needed to do was win, although they played a tough team (I watched the second half, and if it wasn't for Cardinal fumbles it would have been a blowout).
Alabama lost one too, but had been ranked #1 for most of the season. I also think that A&M right now could beat any of the these other teams, but I don't think they would beat Alabama again.