Recovering from the Sugar Bowl

John ArmstrongCollege Football

OK, Utah beat Alabama at every aspect of the game last night. What else can a real fan of this great sport say? In some ways the score of 31-17 was much closer than the game, at least if you watched it unfold from sequence to brutal sequence from kickoff to the end. I actually wondered what would happen to Alabama's offensive line before the game. When you take the best lineman in American out just a few days before the game and move people around the line at the last minute you tamper with chemistry and timing. Then another starter went down before the first quarter was hardly half over and the rest of the game was a display of how not to run an offense and how a line could not protect the quarterback or the runners. Add to this Utah's smart way of running a "hurry-up" offense the first three possessions and you quickly find yourself buried in a 21-0 hole before the game is one fourth over. All in all it was not a fun night to root for Alabama.

By the way, give Utah the credit. They looked prepared, played well and handled the game as a top 5 team should play. I do not think they could beat Oklahoma, Florida, Texas or USC. But maybe they deserve to be No. 5. For those who want a playoff then this game fuels the fire.
The BCS is flawed, no question about it. But I still love the debate.

For Bama fans like me there is a great consolation in this season. We were picked to go 7-5 in a serious rebuilding year. We were No. 1 for five weeks for the first time in 28 years. And we only lose 9 seniors, only 6 of which contributed to this team. Alabama will recruit again big time and they will only get better. I assure you they will not return to the doldrums of the previous decade-plus based on last nights disappointing finish to an otherwise great season. Saban will not let this happen. You can count on it: Alabama is back and will not just go away in this greatest of all college sports!

Now on to Florida vs. Oklahoma next week. Based on what I've seen so far I have to think Oklahoma will win but I am rooting for the Gators! Should be a fun, and maybe high-scoring, championship game.