...stee-ahs and national champions.
And I don't see any horns on the '08 Sooners.
The thorough Zapruderization this matchup has received over the past month or so hasn't added much more to our understanding of this game. Both teams have all kinds of speed on both sides of the ball. Oklahoma scores in quicker and more extreme fashion. Florida likes to grind it out and may have a slightly better defense.
What does this match come down to? The high and mighty Southeast Conference getting taken down a peg or two. Yes, the SEC has been able to "Geaux Tigers!" and "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer!" its lungs out the past few years.
Sorry, Gators, you're not playing Ohio State this year.
The gut tells me Oklahoma will not score 60 points tonight, or even 50. Given that two such powerful offenses usually produce a low-possession game, I doubt the Sooners even reach 40. I'm looking at their losses: the Sooners were simply outscored by a Texas team that should've been in this game if somebody could've shoved Michael Crabtree out of bounds in the decisive game of the year (and the Sooners eventually dekrelnificated that Texas Tech team). Florida's loss, meanwhile, came from a blown extra point and misplaced hubris (unable to get one yard on fourth down against Mississippi). Worse yet, it happened in the Sunshine State, where tonight's game is being played. So much for home field advantage.
Yes, the Sooners' last trip to Miami for a BCS title game ended in catastrophe. But they're not playing the '04 USC powerhouse, either. On a late Sam Bradford touchdown pass...
OKLAHOMA 33, FLORIDA 30.