Friday, January 11, 2013

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Alabama reaches "Dynasty" status

Nick Saban's created a modern day Dynasty down in 'Bama,
winning his 3rd BCS Title in four years with the Tide.
With Monday Night's no contest against Notre Dame (winning 42-14), The Crimson Tide of Alabama became a modern day "Dynasty" in college football, winning their third BCS Title in four years. The first team to do it since the Nebraska Cornhuskers ('94-'95, '97). Roll Tide has taken over the college football landscape with Head Coach Nick Saban, who won his fourth BCS Championship (three with 'Bama, one with LSU '03). Now, as we move a year closer to the playoff system that will be established following the 2014 season, dare I say Alabama will be the favorites next season to continue the SEC's dominance & capture another BCS Title, in the final year of the BCS era. (I'm sure a certain coach/team will have a say in the matter, located in the capital city of THE great state of Ohio).

Some great bowl games over the past couple of weeks, and I'd like to take a minute and talk a little about a couple games that stood out to me the most. Here we go...

Boomer's Top 3 Bowl Games of the '12-'13 season:

1) Clemson vs. LSU (Chick-fil-A Bowl)

  • Clemson's 4th-quarter come-from-behind victory (25-24) stood out to me as the best game this bowl season. Rallying from an 11-point deficit vs. a stellar LSU defense, the Clemson Tiger's were led by QB Tajh Boyd (who is returning for his Senior season next fall), and pulled off the upset on Chandler Catanzaro's 37-yard FG as time expired. With the W, Clemson picked up their 11th-win of the season, the most since their National Championship run in 1981.
2) Louisville vs. Florida (Sugar Bowl)
  • The only reason this one's not the #1 bowl game, it lacked the late-game drama, because the Cardinals dominated the heavily-favored Gators all night long in the SEC's backyard. It's one of the most difficult things to do in college football, travel down to the Superdome in the Big Easy and take on an SEC power. Head Coach Charlie Strong, a long-time assistant at Florida, had his team ready to go, and led-by sophomore QB Teddy Bridgewater & a outstanding defensive performance, The 'ville pulled off the 10-point upset and built a lot of confidence heading into next season. With a number of returning players, the Cardinals will be the team to beat in their final season in the Big East Conference.
3) South Carolina vs. Michigan (Outback Bowl)
  • A very entertaining game on New Year's Day, saw four-lead changes in the final 15:02. With 11 seconds to go, back-up Game Cock's QB Dylan Thompson lofted a deep pass, which was caught by WR Bruce Ellington for a GW 32-yard touchdown reception. The Game Cock's will have arguably the best player in the nation coming back next season, in DE Jadeveon Clowney, who's hit is still being talked about, and will for a while, will lead a South Carolina defense that will be tough for opponents to go up against. While, the Wolverines say goodbye to Senior QB Denard Robinson, who leaves the program with an NCAA record of 4,495 rushing yards by a quarterback.