Thursday, December 29, 2005

USC or Texas, who will win?

Everyone is excited about the big game on Wednesday, including myself. We will have the #1 team and the #2 team facing each other. There will be people who will argue that USC should not have won against Norte Dame (myself included), and they should have one loss. However, they got some breaks at the end of the game, and they are still undefeated. One of the interesting story lines that appeared last night is that Pete Carroll signed an extension to stay at USC. Although the details haven't been released, I believe that this is a great sign for USC's future. Pete is an incredible coach that can handle adversity and stars on his team. Reggie Bush as a running back is a sight to see. I love watching him make cuts and run down the field. He is probably one of the greatest running backs of all time. Next year when he is playing for the Jets, he will shine! Yes, he will be going to the Jets. They have basically sealed their fate as the number one pick after losing to New England. Matt Leinart staying for his senior year was a great choice! He will play pretty well in the NFL, but there are few quarterbacks that will make an immediate impact on the game.

Vince Young is one of those quarterbacks that you have to watch out for because he can run and throw to his WRs'. He gave a good run for the Heisman, but it may work in his favor not to have won the big trophy. He will be a fast quarterback for the team that drafts him, and he could give teams an offensive weapon to worry about like Vick. Another quarterback is Missouri's own Brad Smith. He is the first player in Division I-A history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 twice (in 2002 and 2005). Smith is also the Big 12's career leader in total offense (12,656), he threw for 2,022 yards and ran for 1,151 this season. The drawback for Smith is he never had a great team around him. They had some great players, but not an overall great team like Leinart has with USC or Young with Texas. He will go under the radar, and if an NFL team picks him up, then he will shine in the NFL. I have watched him play for four years following my alamater, and it has been fun to watch. If he had played for Steve Spurrier for any of those years, his name would be mentioned many times as a great quarterback.

I am going to go on record to predict that USC will lose to Texas this year. Texas's defense will be able to stop Bush from running more than 100 yards, and Vince Young will shine. He will demonstrate his athletic ability and prove to the voters that he should have won the Heisman. Texas is a dangerous team, and no one is predicting they will win. It reminds me of when Oklahoma came in and beat Florida State for the Orange Bowl in 2000. I predicted that Oklahoma was going to win, and they did as underdogs. My father was shocked that I was right, but I watched how Oklahoma was playing while going to Missouri. They played their games underneath everyone's radar, and no one was giving them the chance to win. Oklahoma made a statement. Another similarity is Heupel was the runner up for the Heisman in 2000, and he led his team to a victory and national championship. Texas reminds me of the 2000 team. This game will be wonderful to watch, and I hope that the Big 12 comes out on top!

Tomorrow will be the MU vs. Carolina game, and I am hoping that it will be a good game as well. I think Carolina will pull it out in the end by a field goal, but whoever wins I will be happy!


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