GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Not even close. Florida - yes Florida - owned the field it wasn't supposed to be on, embarrassing Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and No. 1 Ohio State 41-14 on Monday night to run away with the national championship. Chris Leak and Tim Tebow showed off coach Urban Meyer's twin quarterback system to perfection as the No. 2 Gators became the first Division I school to hold football and basketball titles at the same time.
Florida embarrassed Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and No. 1 Ohio State 41-14 on Monday night to run away with the college football national championship.
Chris Leak and Tim Tebow showed off coach Urban Meyer's twin quarterback system to perfection as the No. 2 Gators became the first Division I school to hold football and basketball titles at the same time.
"I'm not surprised at all. Nobody never gave us a chance at all," Florida receiver Dallas Baker said. "We came here with a chip on our shoulder and something to prove. Nobody gave us a chance, but finally we can throw up the No. 1."
Troy Smith, meanwhile, joined a long list of Heisman Trophy quarterbacks - Jason White, Eric Crouch and Gino Torretta, among them - to fall apart in bowl games. He was just 4-for-14 with one interception and never showed off his elusive running.
"Not everything in life is going to go the exact way you want it," Smith said. "I don't have any regrets, though. I really don't. We came out and fought. We came up short.
Defensive ends Derrick Harvey and Jarvis Moss made it a miserable night for Smith. Linebacker Earl Everett got into the act, too, running down Smith despite missing his helmet.
"Honestly, we've played a lot better teams than them," Moss said. "I could name four or five teams in the SEC that could probably compete with them and play the same type of game we did against them." (LSU)
The National champion - SEC champion Gators were joined in the Top 25 by five other league rivals. No other conference finished with more in the top 25.
Well, well, well... another SEC blowout in the BCS. In fact, the identical score to LSU's dominating win in the sugar: 41-14. Maybe some of these "top 25 teams" should include an SEC team or two on their regular-season schedule... they need the practice against us!
Seriously, it's time that the SEC gets some respect... it's the dominating conference in college sports. Oh sure, other strong teams emerge on a yearly basis; USC, Texas, Ohio State... but no conference in the country can boast the same number of teams dominating college football these days. Just look at the numbers - the SEC finished with 6 teams in the Top 25, 3 of those in the Top 10!
The BCS needs a major overhaul. We have to get to a playoff system... a system where the National Championship game isn't over in the first half.
The Top 5 rounded out at:
#1 - Florida Gators (SEC)
#2 - Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten)
#3 - LSU Tigers (SEC)
#4 - USC Trojans (Pac-10)
#5 - Boise State Broncos (WAC)
On another note, LSU Junior Quarterback Jamarcus Russell will be signing up for the NFL draft. He will definitely be in the first round, maybe even the #1 pick! Good for him, the man is on fire! Here's to a successful NFL career and yet another LSU player in the NFL ranks.
Check out my 2007 Sugar Bowl post: SWEET Domination!.
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