January 8th is finally here.
We've waited over a month for this day. Florida and Oklahoma in Miami for the BCS title.
The excitement is hard to contain. Over the past month, everything that can possibly be said about this game has been said.
You know, everything from Heisman winner vs. Heisman winner, to Percy Harvin and Demarco Murray's injuries. From Urban Meyer possibly becoming one of the best young coaches of our time and Bob Stoops' four-game losing streak in BCS bowls, to Dan Mullen taking the Mississippi State head coaching job and being replced by Steve Addazio (though Mullen will still help call plays tonight).
Oh, and let's not forgot all the debate about whether the winner of tonight's game will even be voted the AP national champion. Utah went undefeated and dismantled 'Bama in the Sugar Bowl, USC handled Penn State in the Rose Bowl and Texas sneaked by Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.
All of those teams' coaches are politicking for a share of the title, but the bottom line is that the winner of tonight's game will be the real national champion. As much as those other teams will complain, the fact of the matter is that they didn't impress the voters enough during the regular season to earn a spot in the BCS championship game. Oklahoma (sorry, Texas) and Florida did, that's why they are facing off.
This could be one of the most anticipated national title games in memory. Two of the top offenses in the country, led by the last two Heisman winners (and only sophomores to ever win the Heisman), from the two best conferences in the nation, coached by two of the best coaching minds in the game today.
What ever happens tonight, that team will have earned their national title. The reality is that we won't see a playoff any time soon, so none of those other teams will have a chance to make their point. We don't even have a plus-one system (which, by the way, would have still left Utah out this year).
Bottom line is that today is Judgement Day for Florida and Oklahoma, and by the end of the night, one of them will be the king of the college football world, and no one can take that away from them.
Now, on to the prediction:
Both of these offenses, on paper, seem to be unstoppable. However, Florida has one of the top defenses in the nation, and that's something that Oklahoma has yet to see this year. Florida won't completely shut down Oklahoma, but they will stop them enough.
Florida 38 - Oklahoma 27.