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Posted: Wednesday January 7, 2009 3:11PM; Updated: Wednesday January 7, 2009 3:11PM

Quick Slants: Heisman Hoedown

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This isn't about the Big 12 vs. the SEC, it's about Bradford vs. Tebow

The Jeff Jagodzinski saga tells us Boston College needs a reality check

FOX, good work with the gratuitous shots of Colt McCoy's girlfriend

By Ty Hildenbrandt

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The national title game will come down to whether 2008 Heisman winner Sam Bradford or 2007 Heisman winner Tim Tebow has a better game.
The national title game will come down to whether 2008 Heisman winner Sam Bradford or 2007 Heisman winner Tim Tebow has a better game.

After Barack Obama finally lowers the boom on the BCS, I hope he finds some way to throw all faulty sports arguments in jail.

It's times like now, on the eve of college football's "championship game," when wild assumptions become a dominant force among amateur debaters. You know exactly the logic about which I'm speaking. Because Florida's biggest win was over Alabama, and because Alabama lost to Utah, the SEC must be overrated, and therefore, Oklahoma will surely win. Conversely, because Oklahoma's big victory came against Texas Tech, and the Red Raiders lost to Ole Miss, which beat Florida, then the Big 12 is clearly outmatched in Thursday's game. If we keep going down the logic chain, I suppose we could find a way to name Ty Willingham Coach of the Year or somehow prove Mike Gundy isn't really crazy. It's ridiculous.

Let's just set the record straight: This game comes down to Tim Tebow vs. Sam Bradford. End of story. There is no secret or hidden insight. This game has and will always be about the two Heisman contenders squaring off against one another, and the first one who's stopped will most likely lose. This is all you really need to know. And at the end of the night, the game will say very little about either team's respective conference, because it'll probably be a close game.

So, if you're looking for a hot tip on whom to pick, you've come to the wrong place. For now, we'll say Florida 34, Oklahoma 27, but quite honestly, it's a complete guess. These teams are very evenly matched, and in close games, logic often goes out the window. The only thing upon which we can rely is that one team will go home happy, the BCS will claim victory, and Mack Brown, Pete Carroll and Kyle Whittingham will be holed up in some dive bar, shooting shots of Wild Turkey.

Enjoy the game.


It's almost as if the execs running FOX woke up from a drunken stupor and remembered in late December that, oh yeah, they were paying exorbitant amounts of money for the BCS and that, if they wanted any kind of return on investment, they'd better start telling people. Ever since the BCS started its run on FOX, the whole thing has felt like an afterthought -- all you need to do is look at the quality of the commercials. This year, FOX opted for some odd, battle-themed spot showing people running from two directions into a giant maze. And this would be fine ... if the network were promoting a replay of the Hundred Years' War. But as it stands, ESPN can't swoop in fast enough to take the BCS back to a suitable home.

But, to be fair, I'm all in favor of more shots of Colt McCoy's girlfriend...


The ongoing "Jeff Jagodzinski to the Jets!" saga took a strange turn this week, as word leaked that by merely entertaining an interview, Jagodzinski could be fired as Boston College head coach. The reason, according to athletic director Gene DeFilippo, is that he wants "a person who wants to be at Boston College and who wants to stay here a long, long time." Perhaps Mr. DeFilippo needs to get out more.

Let's ask the obvious, does an A.D. ever sit down and say, "you know what, I'm looking for a coach that'll be here for just three years"? Of course not. They all want someone who can anchor and build a program for several decades. But that kind of loyalty is no longer a reality. It's a tricky balance, but threatening Jagodzinski will likely cast a shadow on the BC job, if only because prospective coaches, in today's era of coaching, may look for a little more flexibility. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

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