I didn't make it to the Furman home game this week. I had a sore throat and fever and didn't sleep well. But I was able to monitor via internet as Furman consistently turned over and turned away the Samford Bulldogs. While they did allow over 500 yards of offense, the Paladins got the job done 35-17. And they thereby kept alive the slight chance of a conference championship and playoff berth. Go Paladins!
But my illness did grant me the opportunity to grogily view the "Greatest Thursday in College Football History-y-y-y!!!". (If anyone could fix the exact date ESPN ceased being a sports network and became and endless, inane hype machine, please let me know.) And the night went swimmingly from my perspective.
1) Baylor looks to be a legitimate contender in the Big 12.
They dominated inferior competition, as great teams should, leading up to the match up with a quality Oklahoma Sooners team. And then they dominated the game.
2) Oregon lost.
Don't get me wrong, I like the Ducks. And had they made it to the national title game, I'd have rooting for them. But an Oregon victory would have all but guaranteed a PAC 12 championship, meaning the only spots for Oregon in the bowl season would have been Rose Bowl or National Championship Game.
But a non-PAC 12 champion Duck team and Big 12 champion Baylor Bears team can meet in the Fiesta Bowl. That doesn't mean they will. Odds are against it. The Fiesta Bowl would get a champion Baylor team for sure. But then they choose last. And if the current Alabama-Florida State national championship tilt holds up, the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl would each get two selections before the fiesta Bowl picked an at large team.
But I want to see the two best offenses in college football on the same field. I want to see a points total that will exceed most of the upcoming college basketball games. And I want to see the Bears' "Brass" helmets
That is what I want. Odds are against getting that match up. Odds are against them wearing those helmets and uniforms. And considering the Oregon-Auburn match up from a few years ago, odds are very much against two teams with long layoffs putting up those kinds of points.
But a man can dream.